Sheffield-based hand tools brand Footprint has recommenced production at its Sedgley Road site in Owlerton, Sheffield under the name Footprint Sheffield, the former holding company of Footprint Tools.
The Jewitt family, who have owned the brand since 1948, has secured the brand and intellectual property.
Speaking exclusively to DIY Week, managing director Christopher Jewitt said: "As of October 1, Footprint Sheffield Ltd, the former holding company of Footprint Tools commenced operations, producing a limited portfolio of products from the old Footprint Tools range. At this point they consist of the iconic tools - the Footprint Wrench, both thumbturn and original 698, together with the Builder's line pin. Then in the New Year we'll be looking at other products to bring on line - but it will be a limited range."
Footprint Tools entered voluntary liquidation back in May this year after the recession and the credit crunch hit the business at the worst possible time - just as it was moving to brand new, purpose-built premises. Speaking at the time Mr Jewitt explained the decision to enter a state of solvent liquidation, saying the company wanted to go honourably, ensure creditors were paid and conduct a "dignified exit".
Retailers and end users alike, many of whom have visited www.diyweek.net from as far afield as the US and Australia to express their regret that the company had entered voluntary liquidation, will welcome the news.
That support has played a key part in the decision to bring back the brand. Mr Jewitt said: "The members' voluntary liquidation has gone well so far. So much so that the response of our customers has given us the confidence to secure the brand and commence operations under Footprint Sheffield. For the time being we will operate from the new Footprint Tools premises - Admiral Works on Sedgley Road, Owlerton, Sheffield.
"As a family we're absolutely delighted - the brand that has been in the ownership of our family since 1948, and in existence since 1875 will not disappear. We're able to continue and to offer employment for anything up to a dozen former employees of Footprint Tools."