then sponsored Krebs as he completed an additional
degree in commercial law while still on the job.
He then rose to become assistant to the management
board, then director of administration, and
then managing director at mkf. He now serves as operational
managing director for Maschinenbau Kitz
GmbH alongside Stephan Kitz.
mk’s subsidiaries have also been expanding: “mkf in
Lederhose is tripling its capacity,” the Ostthüringer
Zeitung newspaper wrote in 2012. The production
area grew from about 900 to 3000 m2. mk is expanding
in Saragossa as well, with the now 16 employees
moving into a larger building in the same neighborhood.
mk North America in Connecticut purchased
the neighboring property along with the production
and office buildings, thereby doubling its facilities.
In 2014, just as Stephan Kitz had acquired all of the
company’s shares, Hans-Josef Kitz became seriously
ill. Despite the difficulties caused by his treatments,
the company’s founder hardly ever missed a management
2011: The 100,000th conveyor was produced
Self-portrait of Hans-Josef Kitz
In January 2015, Hans-Josef Kitz passed away. We are
all deeply indebted to him, and we will strive to continue
and build upon his legacy.