Written by Jennifer Fitzgerald | Photos by Anthony Harden
Carl Christian Radinger carries on the family tradition with the multinational Putsch & Co.
Imagine flying to destinations that include Germany, Italy, Russia, Spain, Norway, and Asheville, North Carolina, on a regular basis—all for your business. This travel is routine for Carl Christian Radinger, owner of Putsch & Co., Inc., a leader in the international sugars/sweeteners, root vegetable processing (sugar beets in particular), glass technology, filtration and separation, and panel processing industries.
“I basically commute,” says Radinger. “I come back and forth all the time. I go to the customers still. It’s very important to me because that’s how you see how your products perform. You get ideas for new developments. So, I fly about 400,000 miles a year. Home is where the family is, and family live here (Asheville)—so this is home for me.”
Radinger is the third generation of his family to run Putsch & Co., Inc. The company was founded in 1871 in Germany by Hermann Putsch—hence the company name. Putsch gradually grew his high-quality cutlery craft into the industrial knives business. Meanwhile, Radinger’s grandfather was working in the ballistic industry but wanted to do something by himself, so he wound up purchasing the company and expanding even further into manufacturing sugar processing equipment. (Worldwide, the sugar industry is huge, the global market in 2012 being estimated at over $65 billion annually.) Radinger’s father later joined the business and, in 1975, opened the facility near Asheville, which serves as Putsch’s North American technical, manufacturing, and service center.
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