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Tradition
since 1876

History

Family business
in 6. generation

Our success story began in 1876 when Nikolaus Keller established a joinery workshop in the town of Bürgstadt in the Bavarian wine-growing region of Lower Franconia. A lot has happened since then and over the past 145 years or so of our company’s history we have grown into a global player in interior fittings.

There have been many highs during the last few decades but we have also had to cope with a few setbacks.

For instance, there was a large fire in the workshops in 1958. Reinhold and Elfriede Keller were the fourth generation to run the joinery at the time and together with their employees they managed to overcome the upheaval caused by this dramatic event. When Reinhold Keller, who gave his name to our company, passed away suddenly in 1976, Elfriede Keller, mother of three children, continued to run the business with all her strength following this blow.

Irmgard Keller-Bauer and her husband, Manfred Bauer, took over the management of the company the same year and in 1978, the interior fittings for a German McDonald’s restaurant were produced for the first time in the old Bürgstadt workshop.

Our group of companies has grown steadily and we are proud to say we now have a strong team of over 500 employees. Since 2021, Managing Director Christopher Bauer has been the sixth generation to run our family business and then as now at REINHOLD KELLER we firmly believe that “Alone we are strong, together we are invincible!”

2021

After 45 years at the helm, CEO Manfred Bauer hands over the company on 1 September 2021. His son, Christopher Bauer, takes over the management of the sixth-generation family business, along with Dr. Henning Wagner.

2019

Expansion of our range of services with the foundation of our subsidiary, KELLER Italia in Lana (South Tyrol, Italy). As a group, REINHOLD KELLER now provides the entire construction process from a single source: from green field to turnkey delivery.

2012

REINHOLD KELLER General Contracting GmbH is established as an independent general contractor under the umbrella of the REINHOLD KELLER Group. A key milestone in the successful realization of turnkey interior fitting projects.

2010

By establishing our own in-house graphic panel production – MB Digitalprint GmbH – we are revolutionizing the market. Our patented process facilitates the customized production of graphic panels.

2006

Our own stainless steel production, established in 2006, ensures quick decisions, low costs and perfect interaction with our joinery and production.

1997

The fitting out of the first McDonald’s restaurants in Germany in 1978! A huge milestone in the company’s history, since we are now the proud market leader in the European chain restaurant sector.to our present day headquarters and production facility in Kleinheubach, a landmark change in our company’s history. Since then, our company has continued to grow in every aspect.

1978

The fitting out of the first McDonald’s restaurants in Germany in 1978! A huge milestone in the company’s history, since we are now the proud market leader in the European chain restaurant sector.

1976

Irmgard Keller-Bauer, architect and daughter of Reinhold Keller, takes over the firm along with her husband, Manfred Bauer.

1963

REINHOLD KELLER takes over the family business, now in its fourth generation, in Bürgstadt. Under his management, the company specializes in high-quality interior fittings.

1930

Albin and Max Keller take over the business from their father Nikolaus.

1876

Establishment of Keller’s joinery workshop in Bürgstadt, Germany.