- Location: Brooklyn, New York and online
- Website: bosch-home.com/us
- Founded: 1886
- Founded by: Robert Bosch
- Headquarters: Munich, Germany
- Sister stores: Siemens
Bosch is a full-fledged megacompany. They're owned by B/S/H (who also own Siemens) and they produce automotive parts, building systems, solar energy, industrial technologies, and — of interest to Kitchn readers — home appliances.
Robert Bosch (1861-1942) was an interesting guy. He was a German who worked for Thomas Edison and later founded his own company, which came out with the first high-voltage spark plug. Bosch was involved in peacemaking efforts after the first World War, but was forced to accept armaments contracts under Hitler. He secretly joined the resistance movement and, according to a 1994 biography, the company was investigated by the Gestapo and many employees went to concentration camps. Bosch died before the war ended, but his company survived.
In 1967, the Robert Bosch Company embarked on a joint venture with Munich-based Siemens AG, and Bosch-Siemens grew into the biggest manufacturer of home appliances in Western Europe. While the B/S/H company headquarters are in Munich, Bosch has multiple global HQs, including a North American branch, whose home appliance office is based out of Huntington Beach, California.
Bosch has US showrooms in New York, Houston, Denver, and Scottsdale, and they sell through a large dealer network that includes Sear's, Lowe's, Amazon.com, HomeClick.com, and other mainstream appliance retailers. They're best known in the U.S. for their dishwashers, cooktops, and washer/dryers, and they've made a big push in recent years to produce more energy efficient, Energy Star-certified appliances.
(Worth noting: The company underwent a restructuring in 2005, and some models of dishwashers produced between before 2005 were recalled due to safety problems — if you have a Bosch dishwasher manufactured during that time period, check their recall notices for more info.)
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