For the full story from our prospective, please read everything below the UPDATE........
UPDATE: JUNE 22nd 2018
--After over 6 years of litigation, involving courts in 2 countries,
and tens of thousands of dollars in legal fees by us, Eco-Terr has been ordered
by an award in the German legal system to give up it's registered trademarks
HoofGrid® and StabiliGrid® to the German manufacturer Purus Arzburg Ecoraster®
(who previously produced our brands)
and we were ordered to stop using them in marketing. We have no idea how or if
they intend to use the trademarks in the North American Marketplace.
--The Award also requires us to hand over all of our customer and dealer contact
information to the German company.
Although we have no idea exactly what they intend to do with this information,
Our customers over the last 12 years may be contacted/informed of the changes,
and possibly, in our opinion,
also solicited for future business.
Our customers may be contacted by Purus Arzburg directly,
it's division Purus NA Ecoraster Inc in Canada,
or any one of their dealers located throughout the US and CANADA.
FOR THIS I DO APOLOGIZE, and wish I were able to do something about it.
The Courts have authorized the release of your information to the German company,
but to my knowledge,
they have not been authorized the use of it for direct marketing.
With privacy laws the way they are in the US,
I am letting you know now, and hopefully, by follow up email in the near future...
you may or may not receive an email, phone call, or other contact from this third
party or it's affiliates,
and we did not share your information voluntarily, but were forced to do so by the courts.
---In the mean time,
If you are happy with the "MADE IN USA" grid "product" you purchased in the
last 6 years,
and need more,
have a warranty issue,
or would like to become a new customer/user,
the grid "product" is still available going forward for purchase thru us and a few others.
the "product" is not marked or branded with anything except "MADE IN USA"
but will physically match and connect to your previous made in usa product purchase.
Tag me in using contact info below, and tell me what you need!
--Also unfortunately, The Award allows for monetary damages and compensation
in excess of anything we can possibly afford,
which probably presents the demise of the company in the very near future.
For over 12 years we have provided many customers with quality products and
superior customer service,
and for that we are grateful to all of you who have purchased and participated!
It's been a pleasure serving you!
For now, I can only hope that as a consumer,
you continue to consider "Made in USA" soil stabilization products,
for there are many quality ones to choose from now.
There is no real reason to buy these products from importers when you have
quality and value from ones available right here at home.
Although I am sad to see this disappear,
I look forward to my continued personal participation in the industry thru others.
got kicked down, but back up and ready to meet the new challenge head-on!
Please feel free to contact me at any time,
if you need tech support or product recommendations,
and/or warranty or replacement issues (free of charge, like always!)
Charles A Baker, President
Eco-Terr Distributing Inc
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HERE AND AVAILABLE NOW!!
With consideration of the past and current economic climate in the USA,
and the need to generate jobs and support business relationships right here at home,
to help our economy get back on track, along with other planned considerations,
Eco-Terr is proud to announce the availability of the StabiliGrid® & HoofGrid® brand
soil stabilizing grid systems,
made right here in the USA by American business and workers, from American recycled plastic!
The same superior quality and sustainability you have come to expect,
with some key changes to the size and look!
These product changes came about based on our customer input,
which we greatly appreciate!
-Slightly different look:
So we can differentiate from previous versions and other competitive products:
Grid units will be traditional American measurements for construction materials (Inches)
:Each grid unit will be 12 inches x 12 inches square.
Initially, 2 grades currently available:
M/D1.5 (formerly known as 40 grade) which is 1.5 inches tall.
H/D 2.0 (formerly known as H/D grade) which is 2 inches tall.
Other grades are in the works for future release.
The standard color will still be Black as always, with an option of Green when available,
or for large project special orders.
HoofGrid Std Duty economy grade is on the way!
As an aside, and in full disclosure,
It was always our business plan,
and our full intention,
to partner with the German manufacturer (who previously produced our brands)
in USA production,
which we made perfectly clear to them during our business development negotiations in 2006.
Eco-Terr Distributing Inc. solely established the brands StabiliGrid™ & HoofGrid™
in North America back in May of 2005,
and has supported these brands with minimal support from the German Mfg'r.
There has been no public acknowledgement of our brands by the German Mfg'r in any
of their marketing,
or in any of there European markets.
Our sole intention was to establish relative American brands, and ultimately,
and American-made product.
When it came time to produce our brands in North America,
they have chosen a different path which did not align with our intentions.
They have come to North America with their European brand and business philosophy,
and directly challenge American businesses like Eco-Terr, Invisible Structures, and Presto,
to name a few.
And they will be doing this from Canada,
in anticipation of shipping most of their production to the USA.
We understand the need for a balance of import/export,
but right now America is way out of balance.
Now, more than ever, we need to meet the import challenge!
American business needs to focus on "made in America" to help our economy get back
on track and provide real confidence to our workforce and their future.
We intend to meet that challenge, head on!
Our first American manufacturer has been well screened, is well established,
and has many years of experience in high-quality injection molding production.
Their current American employees offer decades of experience in both tooling and production,
and from what we understand, our contract will provide additional,
much needed stability for the current workforce.
And with your support,
as our volumes and product line increase as anticipated,
very soon, additional equipment and workforce will be required, all-American additions,
working toward a brighter tomorrow!
And we will not stop there!
we expect to help in offsetting the export imbalance as well,
and are already cultivating relationships outside the USA,
and hope to begin exporting as soon as late 2016!
So, if you are looking for:
-a high quality natural grass or gravel permeable pavement
(residential, commercial, industrial),
-sustainable mud control at your farm or equestrian facility,
-Structural erosion control for slopes,
then we ask you to please put every effort into buying "Made in America" products!
Even if you should choose another competitive American product,
instead of StabiliGrid™ & HoofGrid™,
your purchase of American-made products would be greatly appreciated and will directly
affect our economic recovery.
Ten's of Thousands of square feet of the new models have already been shipped
all over America and into Canada as well!
So again, thank you for your consideration,
and we look forward to servicing your needs, now and in the future.
Charles A Baker, President
Eco-Terr Distributing Inc
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