Gregg Holst, President of Rittal North America
"We want to build on the spirit of innovation in the USA," said President Barack Obama in his opening speech at the Hannover Messe trade fair in Germany. Following the official opening, President Obama, accompanied by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, was given a tour of the Rittal Corporation booth. Rittal is the world’s largest enclosure manufacturer and a leader in thermal management of electrical, electronic, and IT equipment.

President Obama and Dr. Merkel were given a booth tour with Rittal Chief Executive Officer and Owner Dr. Friedhelm Loh. This marks the first time a sitting U.S. President has attended the event.

“We were honored to host the President and have the opportunity to showcase our newest technology to him,” said Gregg Holst, President of Rittal North America. “Technology innovation certainly is important to America’s ability to remain at the forefront of global manufacturing capabilities. We were excited to share our story with him about how Rittal products make a real contribution to American manufacturing’s competitive advantage.”

Company executives at the show were able to highlight to the President a variety of new products being featured in the booth, which focuses on the theme of “Integrated Industry – Discover Solutions,” and features products and solutions that deliver on the promise of Industry 4.0.