Utensa has taken over bakeware manufacturer Dunnetts (Birmingham) after the latter called in the administrators on Thursday.
Utensa managing director Robin Clark told HousewaresLive.net that it was now “business as usual, but customers will be dealing with Utensa rather than Dunnetts. The manufacturing part, regrettably, has gone but it’s all been picked up by Utensa. We own the plant and tools and are in the process of taking over the manufacturing.
“We’re up and running already and working very hard to make sure there’s continuity for the customers.”
Utensa has also bought the WonderBake name.
Dunnetts, which was founded in 1885, laid off between 55 to 60 people on Thursday. But, said Clark: “Utensa are in the process of employing a number of people to get the job done: we’re going to be looking at about 20 people.”
Clark said Dunnetts’ collapse was “due to their over-reliance on one of the larger grocers. Now, the people who’ll come first will be the independents. We will not be dealing with the grocers.”
Former managing director of Dunnetts John Holland is a director of Utensa.