R.S. Owens & Co. Announces Strategic Alliance with Aetzkunst Trophies Germany
Chicago-based award supplier R.S. Owens & Co. announced a strategic alliance with Aetzkunst Trophies Germany, based in Zimmern, Germany, to be the exclusive distributor of R.S. Owens & Co. awards in the German market. Aetzkunst is one of Europe’s leading producers of awards, gifts and trophies, specializing in awards and recognition products for corporations and the sports market.
“This is an excellent strategic and cultural fit for R.S. Owens and Aetzkunst,” said R.S. Owens’ CFO Brian Birkan, who traveled last month to Germany to close the deal. “We have admired Aetzkunst’s products and believe that many of our awards add to their line. Aetzkunst has an aggressive marketing plan in place to promote many of our unique capabilities, including metal castings and custom awards.” Birkan continued, “In addition, our partnership will strengthen our understanding of the European market and enable us to more quickly identify trends and expand our product offering. Aetzkunst’s management team is top-notch; both companies have had the chance to visit with and tour the other’s facilities, and we are confident in a long-term and successful relationship for us both."
Dr. Rainer Mager, owner and managing director or Aetzkunst Trophies Germany commented, "We are proud to be in this alliance with R.S. Owens. R.S. Owens is the world's leading award and trophy manufacturer, with the highest quality products, including copyright-protected cast-metal figures.” Mager continued, “This relationship allows us to offer our customers a wider range of top products. Visiting Owens' production facilities was impressive, and we believe the catalog and Web site are of the highest standards. The top management team has a strong service and customer orientation, and we look forward to a long-term partnership."
About R.S. Owens
R.S. Owens has been producing elegant awards and gifts for more than 70 years. The company produces many of the world’s most well-known awards, including the Oscar, the Emmy and the Clio.