Roland J.P. Zimmer, founder and CEO of Spartanburg-based textile machinery, recycling technologies,
solar power systems and industrial machinery supplier Zimmer America Corp., recently was named
honorary consul of Austria for North and South Carolina.
The Austrian Consulate, which moved from its previous location in Mt. Holly, N.C., to
Spartanburg in connection with the appointment, is one of 26 consulates maintained by Austria
across the United States outside of Washington, where the General Consulate is located as part of
the Austrian Embassy.
Zimmer founded Zimmer America, originally known as Zimmer Machinery Corp., in 1985. Prior to
1985, the company operated as Johannes Zimmer Service and Sales, a wholly owned subsidiary of J.
Zimmer Maschinenbau GmbH, an Austria-based supplier of textile printing and coating machinery.
November 29, 2011