William Britain has been sold to a new U.S. based company, The Good Soldier L.L.C. of Holland, Ohio. The Good Soldier L.L.C is owned by a small group of investors including John Lord Booth II, Scott & Holly Walter, Dave Youngquist and Kenneth & Ericka Osen. Each of the owners shares a passion for both history and miniatures with a mission to continue growing the W. Britain brand and W. Britain Collector's Clubs with a refocused energy and additional product offerings.
William Britain was acquired by First Gear Inc. of Peosta, Iowa on 20th September 2005. During the decade of ownership by First Gear, the 123 year old brand has developed some of the best products the company has ever offered maintaining its place as a leader in the industry.
Certainly any change in ownership of W. Britain will generate a number of questions on the future of the brand and its products. The good news here is that any improvements you may have noticed during the past two years will continue without interruption. The current General Manager & Creative Director, Kenneth Osen will remain in that position as one of the owners, new dedicated staff members will be added and the current creative team will remain completely intact. Ken has been part of the W. Britain team since 2005 and will insure continuity of important ranges and quality.
We are also very pleased to announce that our relationship with Bachmann Europe will continue for service in the UK, Ireland and Continental Europe. We will continue to work closely with Katie Hines, the Brand Manager for W.Britain at Bachmann.
In addition, the art of Don Troiani will continue to be serviced by W. Britain with expanded offerings and products, including limited edition sets based on Mr. Troiani's art. The first three sets will appear in the Spring catalogue, followed by others in 2016.
Hudson & Allen Studio's range of scenic accessories and buildings established in 1991 and owned by Ken and Ericka Osen will also become a Good Soldier L.L.C. brand. We feel these three brands perfectly support each other in every way.
On 1st March 2016, the entire operation will be moved to a new facility in Ohio.
25 February 2016
For further information please contact :
Dennis Lovett, Public Relations Manager,
Bachmann Europe PLC, Moat Way, Barwell, Leicestershire, LE9 8EY
Telephone: +44 (0) 1455 841756