Kennelbach

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Kennelbach
Kennelbach02.jpg
Coat of arms of Kennelbach
Coat of arms
Kennelbach is located in Austria
Kennelbach
Kennelbach
Location within Austria
Coordinates: 47°28′59″N 09°46′00″E / 47.48306°N 9.76667°E / 47.48306; 9.76667Coordinates: 47°28′59″N 09°46′00″E / 47.48306°N 9.76667°E / 47.48306; 9.76667
Country Austria
State Vorarlberg
District Bregenz
Government
 • Mayor Hans Bertsch
Area
 • Total 3.22 km2 (1.24 sq mi)
Elevation 430 m (1,410 ft)
Population (1 January 2016)[1]
 • Total 1,900
 • Density 590/km2 (1,500/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 6921
Area code 05574
Vehicle registration B
Website www.kennelbach.at

Kennelbach is a municipality in the district of Bregenz in the Austrian state of Vorarlberg.

As of 2016, it is the operational headquarters of the sporting goods manufacturer Head, along with Amsterdam, the corporate headquarters.[2]

Geography[edit]

The municipality lies south of Lake Constance, 430 meters above sea level. About 54 percent of its territory is forestry.

History[edit]

The Habsburg dynasty ruled Vorarlberg alternately from the Tyrol or from Freiburg im Breisgau. From 1805 to 1814, Kennelbach belonged to Bavaria, and then again to Austria. It has been part of the Austrian state of Vorarlberg since its establishment in 1861. In the 19th century and first half of the 20th century, it was strongly influenced by the Schindler industrial family, whose cotton spinning factories closed in 1968. The former Schindler family home, Villa Grünau, has belonged to the municipal government since 1992 and is the home of the municipal government. From 1945 to 1955, the municipality was part of the French occupation zone of Austria.

Population[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1869 563 —    
1880 689 +22.4%
1890 877 +27.3%
1900 1,193 +36.0%
1910 1,446 +21.2%
1923 1,190 −17.7%
1934 1,274 +7.1%
1939 1,252 −1.7%
1951 1,505 +20.2%
1961 1,870 +24.3%
1971 2,129 +13.9%
1981 2,094 −1.6%
1991 2,128 +1.6%
2001 1,961 −7.8%
2011 1,886 −3.8%
2016 1,900 +0.7%

In 2002, foreigners constituted 13.3 percent of the population.

Politics[edit]

Since 1 October 2008, the mayor has been Hans Bertsch, who took over from Reinhard Hagspiel. The municipal council consists of 18 members.

In 2001, town revenue was at €2,361,184, with municipal expenditures of €3,333,885. The debt stood at €1,657,068.

Twin cities[edit]

Economy[edit]

In 2003, there were 33 industrial local businesses; there were 955 employees and 27 interns. Tourism is an important industry in Kennelbach.

Famous ski and tennis gear maker Head has their headquarters in Kennelbach.

Personalities[edit]

Friedrich Wilhelm Schindler
  • Friedrich Wilhelm Schindler (1856-1920), Austrian entrepreneur and inventor, died in Kennelbach.
  • Hans Purin (1898-1989), Austrian painter and artist, was born in Kennelbach.

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