B & S Australia is now the sole distributor for Oregon, Walbro , + B & S .
They are also to local distributor for Echo & Shindawa and have been trying to buy other distribution franchises.
So from where I sit it appears that they are transitioning from a manufacturer ( engine assembler ) to a distributor .
And everything they touch gets the B & S Kiss of Death.
One of my wholesalers has tied their apron strings to B & S , stopped bringing in aftermarket B & S parts & only offers genuine B & S parts, thus around 80% of what I might want to order are NLA or on back order
So now at least 1/2 of what I use is coming direct from China, 1/5 from the USA and the balance split between the 2 local wholesalers .
Their rep was around the other day wondering why my spend had dropped by 2/3 so I told him.
The response was to shrug the shoulders , tell me he could not do anything about that and warn me that they are closing low volume accounts to increase profitability.
I asked him how reducing sales volumes increases actual profit & got no reply.