On September 20th, 2005 William Britain was acquired by First Gear Inc. of Peosta, Iowa. During the decade of ownership by First Gear, the 123 year old brand developed some of the best products the company ever offered as it maintained its place as a leader in the industry.
On February 5th, 2016 William Britain was 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 growth of the W. Britain brand and W. Britain Collector’s Club with a refocused energy.
Certainly, any change in ownership will generate a number of questions about the future of the brand and its products. Any improvements you may have noticed during the past two years will continue without interruption. One of owners, Kenneth Osen, will retain his position as General Manager & Creative Director. 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 throughout the ownership transition.
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 catalog, 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.
By March 1st, 2016 the entire operation will be moved to a new facility in Ohio. During this time, business will continue from the First Gear location in Peosta, Iowa. Orders and shipping will not be interrupted during the move.
Jennifer Recker will be the contact person during this transition. She can be reached at her direct line: 1-563-690-1258.
The website is being updated and will be fully operational as a separate site within days of the change of ownership. For more info, http://www.wbritain.com/