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Those familiar with KSF may be wondering what these three letters stand for. The answer is easy.

We tell everyone: “Keep Selling Fun!”

Simply because our customers can look forward to a lifetime of fun using every item we sell.

But of course that’s just to draw a smile to everyone’s face; you might think there’s more to it than that.

And there is…

The company was founded in 1964 by Anni and Siegfried Sturz: Here’s the first clue: The “S” of course stands for “Sturz”. The company was originally to be called “ASS”. But the brand-name conflict with the German name of a headache remedy turned out to be a headache of its own.

So Siegfried decided to commemorate his father in the company name: Kaspar Sturz Furth im Wald, after the small town Furth im Wald where his father lived, at the foot of what was then the Iron Curtain, in the district of Cham. And that also brings us to the birthplace of the first gas-powered chicken rotisserie in Katzbach near Cham.

AND THE

FIRST GRILL WAS BUILT…

…only because Mr. Jahn, the owner and operator of the major grilled-chicken chain restaurant “Wienerwald”, didn’t want to sell the Sturz family a gas grill made by WIWA (Wienerwald’s own grill manufacturer) for their own restaurant in Munich. At the time Jahn was still a little cranky because he felt that the Sturz family had copied his menu for their restaurant. And in those days there was no such thing as a copying machine…

Slightly disappointed, the two founders returned to the beauty of the Bavarian Forest and met with a couple of friends who knew how to work with metal. In just a few weekends they had created what was probably the first operational gas-operated chicken rotisserie generally available for sale.

Back then, with Germany still recovering in the aftermath of the Second World War, everyone liked the idea of making progress. And so in the years that followed Anni Sturz set out to convince restaurant operators in the Franconia region. In those days grilling was done exclusively using charcoal. And she was able to convince several new friends who purchased a grill from her and soon discovered that there was absolutely no loss in the quality of the grilled chicken. Just the opposite: Gas made grilling easier and cut down the number of chickens that burned on the spit because the grill master was distracted for a few seconds or had to step away to for a few minutes to “deal with” some of the excess in beer he had consumed.

MAJOR SUCCESS

…was still elusive and in those days it was inconvenient to have to keep driving to Nuremberg or Erlangen.

After a couple of years, though, the Sturz family was finally able to supply 7 chicken rotisseries to the Oktoberfest. But when installing the units just one day before the festival was to begin, they were horrified to see that the wrong gas valves had been used. By then the Oktoberfest grounds had already begun using natural gas. A fatal error! Always inventive, people from the Bavarian Forest wouldn’t be who they are if they couldn’t solve a setback like that. In those days, however, it unfortunately wasn’t possible to simply change the valve the way we do today. The entire gas valve had to be drilled out!

So that’s what the Sturz family did – well, to tell the truth it was one of their employees, still with the company today, who did the drilling. But Anni, Siegfried and the employee had 16 sleepless nights back then: That’s how long the Oktoberfest lasts. And thank heavens nothing exploded or started a fire. 16 sleepless nights can shake the self-confidence even of someone from the Bavarian Forest, which of course ultimately goes to make him stronger.

AFTER THAT SUCCESS…

… things really took off. The orders started rolling in. And while young Manfred started to grow up he was allowed to come into the workshop on weekends and after school to earn some extra pocket money. In those days pocket money wasn’t the way we know it today, something your parents simply put in your pocket to keep you amused. Back then you had to earn it. And so Manfred grew together with the company and grew into the company at the same time.

At the age of 16 he started training as a tool maker at the heating company Vaillant, then returned to school and even went on to study. And after putting in a couple of years of work elsewhere and having a chance to see some of the world, he returned to his parent’s company which his mother had been running also since 1982. Finally on January 1, 2000 Manfred took over as CEO of KSF Grillgeräte, still located in Katzbach near Cham, with a subsidiary workshop in Schorndorf.

After the passing of Anni Sturz, in 2009 Manfred relocated all the company’s operations to Schorndorf and continued to expand them.