The Dramm Corp. has announced a planned succession in family ownership. Kurt and Marlene Dramm have completed ownership transfer to their son Hans Dramm and daughter Heidi Dramm Becker.
"The Dramm family has been in continuous businesses including meat, flowers and manufacturing since 1853. 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 said. 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.
The Dramm Corp., which makes watering tools for nurseries, greenhouses and gardeners, has been family-owned for over 65 years.
Hans Dramm has been named CEO. He will also continue his responsibilities as chief financial officer and as a member of the board of directors.
"It is wonderful to have the stewardship of the Dramm Corp. continue through the succession to the next generation of family members," said Hans. "I'm honored 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."
Heidi Dramm Becker has been named executive vice president. Her responsibilities will center on corporate identity and communications and she continues to serve as a member of the board of directors and as the face of the Dramm brand in all of the marketing and advertising materials.
"It is an honor and a privilege to play a role in carrying on our family's history of the Dramm Corp.," said Dramm Becker. "As the Dramm Corp. 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], my father and mother [Kurt and Marlene Dramm] and several other family members and employees, all of whom have been 'gardeners of the corporation.'"
Kurt Becker, son-in-law, has also been named executive vice president. Becker continues his responsibilities as director of commercial sales and marketing and serves as a member of the board of directors.