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Issue Date: Vol. 49, No.3, March 2009, Posted On: 3/9/2009

Wurlitzer Folds U.S. And UK Branch Offices Into Regional Units

Wurlitzer, Vending, Jukebox, Vending Machine, Coin-Op

HÜLLHORST, Germany — Deutsche Wurlitzer GmbH has announced that it is relocating its enterprises in the United States, where it is known as the Wurlitzer Jukebox and Vending Co., and the United Kingdom to regional facilities. It also is closing the existing branch offices in Gurnee, IL, and Didcot, Oxfordshire, England, respectively.

According to Mark Swiecicki, Deutsche Wurlitzer’s vice-president for strategic development, the moves are a response to “the compounded strains of global economic conditions.”

The U.S. unit has moved from Gurnee, IL, to Trumann, AR, the American home of Baldwin Pianos. Baldwin and Wurlitzer both are subsidiaries of Gibson Guitar Corp. (Nashville, TN). Gibson acquired Wurlitzer three years ago.

Jukebox and vending sales in the U.S. continue to be directed by Doug Skor, who remains based in Barrington, IL. He can be contacted by emailing to dougskor@dw-usa.net, calling (847) 387-3805 or (888) 987-3477, faxing to (847) 387-3828 or writing him at 248 W. Lincoln Ave., Barrington, IL 60010.

Inquiries on equipment, parts and service may be directed to Tracy McDaniel at the Baldwin Piano facility by emailing to tracy.mcdaniel@gibson.com, calling (870) 483-6111 or (800) 987-5480, faxing to (870) 483-5894 or writing to Baldwin Piano at P.O. Box 550 (900 Hwy. 463 S.), Trumann, AR 72472.

Wurlitzer’s UK operations are slated to relocate to the company’s Hüllhorst, Germany, headquarters at the end of March. Jukebox sales will be handled by Wolfgang Hellmeier, and vending sales by Norbert Lohre. Petra Hofmeyer will be in charge of parts and Dietmar Grau is the contact for service. Wurlitzer’s headquarters are located at Wurlitzerstrasse 6, D-32609 Hüllhorst, Germany; the company is online at deutsche-wurlitzer.com.

Swiecicki emphasized that Deutsche Wurlitzer and Gibson remain committed to the jukebox and vending markets in the United States and the United Kingdom. Wurlitzer has launched several product initiatives in both lines for 2009, he said, and these should provide new opportunities for operators. They will begin entering the market in the near future, Swiecicki reported.

Currently, the Wurlitzer Jukebox and Vending Co. offers the models 1000 and 850 multiproduct, glassfront venders for the U.S. full-line market. Features include the company’s VarioTemp dual-temperature zone system; stainless-steel trays, coils and dividers; and fully programmable energy-saving functions. The jukebox line consists of several CD models and the Ecast-powered Digital Princess.

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