Robert Bosch LLC Wins Palmetto Workforce Partnership Award

Summerville, South Carolina

March 13, 2012 - Representatives from the Robert Bosch Charleston plant received the 2011 Palmetto Workforce Partnership Award from the SC Department of Employment and Workforce. The award was presented during a luncheon on the 22nd of February in Columbia, SC.

Robert Bosch Charleston won this year's Palmetto Workforce Partnership Award in the large business category. The winner was selected based on 5 categories: job creation, innovative partnerships, support and development of the workforce, quality of work environment, and environmental awareness. Through Bosch Charleston's holistic business excellence approach using the EFQM Model, there was a great story to tell in each of these categories that ultimately landed the company this prestigious award.

"We are very proud of this recognition. It shows us that we are on the right path of balancing our efforts between a successful business and being a good corporate citizen and employer in South Carolina. We accepted this award for our Associates that made this award a reality through their dedication and involvement in the community," said Larry Lautenschlager, Senior Vice President Manufacturing of Robert Bosch, LLC.

Each year, the SC Department of Employment and Workforce, along with their workforce partners, join forces to recognize the state's top employers for the jobs they provide and the contributions that they make to their various communities. As the keynote speaker for this year's event, Michael L. "Mike" Thurmond, former Commissioner of Labor for the state of Georgia, presented Bosch with this coveted award after addressing a crowded room of community leaders and workforce professionals.

Robert Bosch LLC in Charleston, SC is an automotive component manufacturing plant producing Clean Diesel products, ESP and ABS active safety systems and gasoline systems products. Bosch Charleston currently employs about 1700 associates.

About Bosch

In the U.S., Canada and Mexico, the Bosch Group manufactures and markets automotive original equipment and aftermarket products, industrial drives and control technology, power tools, security and communication systems, packaging technology, thermotechnology, household appliances, solar energy, healthcare telemedicine and software innovations. Having established a regional presence in 1906, Bosch employs over 22,500 associates in more than 100 locations, with sales of $9.8 billion in fiscal year 2011, per preliminary figures.  For more information, visit www.boschusa.com.

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. According to preliminary figures, more than 300,000 associates generated sales of 51.4 billion euros ($71.5 billion) in the areas of automotive and industrial technology, consumer goods, and building technology in fiscal year 2011. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its more than 350 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 countries. If its sales and service partners are included, then Bosch is represented in roughly 150 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth. Bosch spent more than 4 billion euros ($5.5 billion) for research and development in 2011, and applied for over 4,100 patents worldwide. With all its products and services, Bosch enhances the quality of life by providing solutions which are both innovative and beneficial.  Further information is available online at www.bosch.com and www.bosch-press.com.

To learn more about the programs offered by the SC Department of Employment and Workforce, visit http://dew.sc.gov/.