17371 Thu, 11/19/2009 - 1:49pm
CHARLOTTE, N.C.–Cookware company Berndes USA has partnered up with Range Kleen Mfg., which will take on the sales, marketing and shipping of Berndes products out of its headquarters in Lima, Ohio, as of Dec. 21.
Armando Vallejo, president of Berndes USA, will have the same role in this new partnership, though he said he plans on moving to a smaller office here, where his company was based. Berndes USA has a larger office and warehouse currently, and will not renew its lease when it runs out at the end of the year.
The partnership is a “positive marriage,” Vallejo said, as Range Kleen has better systems in place to distribute product and “it was harder on my own.” He added that Berndes “has been rejuvenated with the amount of ordering recently from the independent segment of the market.” In addition, “our customers will notice no difference, except for the different vendor number,” he said.
Berndes USA is a division of German manufacturer Heinrich Berndes and has been in the U.S. since 1981. Range Kleen’s line includes cookware, bakeware, storage and other categories.