Both of the IGZ managing directors and engineers Johann Zrenner and Wolfgang Gropengießer from Falkenberg/Opf. were awarded with the state medal for special services to the Bavarian economy on Monday 28 November, 2016.
The Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Media, Energy and Technology annually awards approximately 20 people who have rendered special services to the Bavarian economy.
At a celebratory state ceremony in the Ludwig Erhard Ceremonial Hall at the Bavarian Ministry for Economic Affairs in Munich, the Bavarian Minister of Economic Affairs and Media, Energy and Technology, Ilse Aigner, honours 15 business personalities from all over Bavaria for their self initiative and exemplary corporate conduct with the highest personal award that the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs can present. From Oberpfalz, this year the two founders of the IGZ Ingenieurgesellschaft für logistische Informationssysteme mbH in Falkenberg/Opf. were awarded with the state medal for special services to the Bavarian economy.
In their laudatory speech, the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs highlighted the extraordinary services of both awardees for growth, employment and wellbeing in Bavaria, and in particular in the region of northern Oberpfalz.
The special service of both engineers Gropengießer and Zrenner was taking the initially two-man company IGZ Ingenieurgesellschaft out of their parents' barn and expanding it into one of the leading SAP engineering services providers for logistics and production in the German-speaking world, with a current total of over 300 employees. Furthermore, Aigner acknowledged the commitment of both founder for their special contribution to the positive development of the region of North Oberpfalz and their voluntary as well as social commitment.
Johann Zrenner and Wolfgang Gropengießer dedicate the award to all of the employees in the IGZ company group: "We're very pleased that the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs has honoured our commitment over the past 17 years in this way. That's because it's important even in our region to keep highlighting the contribution of medium-sized family companies to employment and wellbeing", says Gropengießer. "This doesn't just honour as people, but in a special way it's also an appreciation of the successful work of all of our employees at IGZ, whose commitment and performance we have to thank for the fact that our family business has a leading position in the German-speaking world", adds Zrenner.
The district administrator of the County of Tirschenreuth, Mr Wolfgang Lippert, the 1st Mayor of the Falkenberg/Opf. Market, Mr Herbert Bauer, and the CEO of the IHK board Weiden, Mr Florian Rieder, also travelled to Munich specially to attend the official ceremony and to congratulate both of the Oberpfalz awardees and their families in person. Alongside the awarding of both IGZ founders, district administrator Wolfgang Lippert presented both IGZ founders with a gift in the form of a watercolour of the "IGZ software barns" from regional artist Rudolf Jäger from Tirschenreuth on behalf of the county and the region and was please "to be able to count a flagship company such as IGZ part of his county".
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