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Dramm announces new ownership


July 26, 2013
By Canadian Garden Centre & Nursery

passingrwpicJuly 26, 2013, Manitowoc, WI — Dramm Corporation is passing the Rain Wand to the next generation. Kurt and Marlene Dramm have transferred ownership of the company to their children.

July 26, 2013, Manitowoc, WI — Dramm Corporation is passing the Rain
Wand to the next generation. Kurt and Marlene Dramm have transferred
ownership of the company to their children.

Their son, Hans, has been named chief executive officer of Dramm. He will also continue his responsibilities as chief financial officer and as a member of the board of directors.

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"It is wonderful to have the stewardship of the Dramm Corporation continue through the succession of the next generation of family members," said Hans. "I'm honoured to accept my new responsibilities but also buoyed by our strong history and the support and commitment of our dedicated employees. Since returning to the Dramm fold six years ago, I've learned a great deal about Dramm's special position in the grower and retail lawn and garden sectors. Dramm is grateful for the enduring loyalty and support of our customers and we are committed to maintaining the highest quality products and customer service in the industry. We consider our employees and customers as members of an extended family. Dramm is and will continue to be a family company."

Kurt and Marlene's daughter, Heidi Dramm Becker, has been named executive vice-president, with responsibilities centred on the company's corporate identity and communications. She will continue to serve as a member of the board of directors, and as the face of the Dramm brand in all of the company's marketing and advertising materials.

"It is an honour and a privilege to play a role in carrying on our family's history of the Dramm Corporation," said Heidi. "As the Dramm Corporation moves into the future, we will continue to build on the tradition and values of the past generations. Values that were put in place by my grandfather and grandmother – John and Perdita Dramm – and my father and mother – Kurt and Marlene Dramm – and sever other family members and employees, all of whom have been 'gardeners of the corporation'."

Kurt and Marlene's son-in-law, Kurt Becker, has been named executive vice-president. Becker will also continue his responsibilities as director of commercial sales and marketing, and as a member of the board of directors.

"The Dramm family has been in continuous business, including meat, flowers and manufacturing, since 1853," said Kurt Dramm. "Therefore I am exceptionally pleased and proud that my children, Heidi Dramm Becker and Hans Dramm, will continue the tradition of a family-owned company.

Kurt and Marlene Dramm will remain on the board of directors and Kurt will continue at the company on a daily basis as chairman emeritus.

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Dramm Corporation is passing the Rain Wand to the next generation. From left to right: Hans
Dramm and Heidi Dramm Becker, take over ownership from their parents, Kurt and Marlene
Dramm.


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