A Jurgens factory in Australia has been locked up because the company allegedly owes over R7 MILLION on their lease.
Workers at the caravan factory in Pakenham, near Melbourne, reportedly showed up to work on Tuesday, 18 March, to find a lease termination notice posted on the locked gates, and security guards posted to ensure nobody enters the premises.
The notice is addressed to Jurgens Australia Pty Ltd, and reads that “the lease… to the Tenant has been terminated by the Landlord as the result of the Tenant breaching the terms of the Lease…”
The phone lines have also apparently been disconnected.
According to the Pakenham Gazette newspaper, one of the workers claim that Jurgens Australia have not paid rent in 12 months and that they owe $500 000 dollars to the owners of the Sharenet Circuit address property.
Workers are worried that the factory lock-out might be the final nail in Jurgens Australia’s coffin.
One employee, who did not wish to be named, told the Pakenham Gazette: “This has happened to them before I believe, but this may be the final nail in the coffin.
“Every employee has been left in the dark and been pretty much lied to.”
The newspaper quotes another worker as saying: “[Jurgens] get lots of their caravan kits from over there (South Africa), but it’s been shut down and the new owners are currently involved in a court case.”
“It’s been really slow and finances are getting pretty hard, I don’t know how long they are going to last.”
This shocking development in Australia comes just weeks after Jurgens Ci, a South African company, appeared in the Pretoria High Court after being placed under provisional liquidation. The case was postponed, which means Jurgens have not been placed in final liquidation.
After the postponement, Caravan & Outdoor Life contacted company owner Paul Kyriacou for comment regarding the case and the situation at Jurgens, but he did not respond.
The Pakenham Gazette also reports that Jurgens have not responded to their request for comment.
The newspaper states that while Jurgens is still registered on the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC), a spokesperson “confirmed a notification of a court action relating to the winding-up of the company had been issued on 7 March”.
ASIC is an independent Australian government body that acts as Australia’s corporate regulator. Its role is to enforce and regulate company and financial services laws to protect Australian consumers, investors and creditors.
Meanwhile, back in South Africa, Comet Caravans, the award-winning flagship dealership of Jurgens Ci, is also facing business rescue and final liquidation.
And while reports on websites and in other publications have stated that the Jurgens factory is still in operation, Caravan & Outdoor Life cannot confirm the local situation as we have abstained from commenting due to the lack of communication from the company.
We will, however, keep the caravanning and camping community informed as and when more information becomes available