1956: Elementary school,
Hans-Josef Kitz’s graduating class
single family home that her husband had started and
left as a shell – and without any outside help. From
a very young age, Hans-Josef Kitz learned what one
could accomplish with willpower, energy and commitment.
Anna Kitz passed away in 2005.
Hans-Josef Kitz attended the Catholic elementary
school in Mondorf until 1956. In his school graduation
photo, he is the second from the right in the second
row. Pastor Breuer and Rector Brenner are seated at
the front. After finishing school, the future founder
of mk apprenticed as an industrial fitter at the Feldmühle
chemical plant in Lülsdorf and then finished a
program to become a technical draftsman at Dynamit
Nobel in Troisdorf. “He didn’t want to just produce
parts; he also wanted to design them,” recalls Doris
Kitz, who first met her future husband at this company.
His creative streak was also on display as stayed
up late into the night drawing ships with Johann
Lux, founder of the Lux-Werft wharf in Mondorf, and
his son Hans-Peter.
At the young age of 20, Hans-Josef already led a department
of 19 employees at his new employer, the
plastics company KT-Kunststofftechnik Troisdorf. This
company, which was founded in 1948, produced fans
and pumps for swimming halls and chemicals, among
other products. At KT, Hans-Josef became the head of
the pump construction department and eventually the
director of the entire mechanical production division.
Hans-Josef Kitz (far right) during his
industrial fitter apprenticeship