Wolf-Garten to close UK office as EP Barrus announced as new distributor

German garden-kit maker Wolf-Garten will close its UK office and make some staff redundant after the completion of a takeover by US garden product supplier MTD.

Oxfordshire-based garden equipment supplier EP Barrus will become the official UK supplier for Wolf-Garten.

Managing director Paul Jupp and marketing manager Karina Wysom will move with the business, as will the nine sales staff, but the remaining four office staff are to be made redundant.  

The takeover process was initiated in January when Wolf-Garten filed for bankruptcy and was bought by MTF.

Last month the US Federal Cartel Office approved the takeover and the acquisition of the Wolf-Garten trade mark, the wolf's head. 

MTD owns a 50% stake in EP Barrus and the move means that Wolf now has a dedicated distribution centre in the UK again, rather than having to import directly from the factories in Germany. 

EP Barrus sales and marketing director Robert Muir said: "Barrus is confident that its Bicester-based warehouses can significantly improve distribution service levels, and will hold significant stocks in the UK. We will provide the flexibility to build and support UK-specific Multi-Click product sales promotions and continue to build upon the success of the Wolf marketing and promotional activity. Barrus sees the addition of the Wolf-Garten range of products as a perfect match to its existing business model and is gearing up its operations to fully support the market. Wolf-Garten products will be marketed by Barrus as an independent brand with an independent market presence."

Jupp will be responsible for overseeing Wolf-Garten products in his new role at Barrus.

He said: "We are very pleased now that there is some clarity. It is a process that has been dragging on now for some months. It is nice to know that things have finally been cleared up."

Factories at Betzdorf, St. Wendel and Etzbach in Germany, where the bulk of the company's 200 staff are based, are included in the deal but will be largely unaffected.


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