Baumann Floats Ceases Operations
March 31, 2011 —Unfortunate economic conditions have caused the current owner of Baumann Floats LLC, of New Richmond, Wisconsin, to discontinue production of all float models, according to Joe Birkemeyer, general manager. In a letter addressed “To all of my customers, friends, and colleagues in the aircraft float industry,” Birkemeyer announced the company assets, including equipment, design data, STCs, and inventory, are in the process of being relocated to Basler Turbo Conversions LLC, Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
“I realize that many of you have invested significant amounts of hard-earned money into your airplanes by purchasing and equipping your planes with floats from Baumann Floats LLC,” he wrote. “It is my sincere hope that there will be continued customer support addressed in a timely fashion for parts and products manufactured by Baumann Floats LLC.”
Randy Myers, head of production at Basler Turbo Conversions, is the new interim contact for any Baumann parts orders beginning April 1, 2011. He did not speculate about the brand’s future prospects. “The physical inventory and parts are being brought to Oshkosh,” he said. “Some parts in the remaining inventory will be used to support existing customers, but no new sales or manufacturing will take place.”
He added the company would either be sold or its assets liquidated, and that the ownership at Basler Turbo Conversions would make the final determination. Baumann customers who have questions can contact Myers at 920-236-7820 or via e-mail.