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Ostbye & Anderson Acquires Fellow Midwest Manufacturer

MajorsJul 03, 2024

Ostbye & Anderson Acquires Fellow Midwest Manufacturer

The Minneapolis-based company bought Victor Corporation, which has been making jewelry in Cincinnati since 1946.

John Youkilis and Craig MacBean
Victor Corporation President John Youkilis, left, is retiring and selling the family business to Minneapolis-based Ostbye & Anderson, headed by Craig MacBean.
Minneapolis—Two Midwest-based fine jewelry manufacturers focused on the independents are coming together.

On Monday, Ostbye & Anderson Inc. announced it has acquired the Victor Corporation, a Cincinnati-based diamond jewelry manufacturer that’s been in business for nearly eight decades. 

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. 

Ostbye said it will be retaining all Victor Corporation’s territory managers and some of its employees, who will work remotely. 

Victor’s Cincinnati headquarters will close, and it will operate as a division of Ostbye based in Minneapolis and led by Tom Schlotman, Victor Corporation’s senior vice president. 

As a division of Ostbye, Victor Corporation will continue to manufacture its best-selling collections—“Heirloom Elegance Bridal,” “Fabulous Fireflies,” and “Stackables Bands” —as well as several of its other designs.

The company’s president, John Youkilis, whose father Victor Youkilis started Victor Corporation in 1946, is retiring.

Commenting on the acquisition, he said, “Craig [MacBean, Ostbye president] and I became good friends over the years by serving together on industry boards and it was clear our companies shared the same values and passion for supporting the independent jeweler.

“It’s been an honor for Victor to serve the independent jeweler for the past 78 years. I am incredibly grateful for those who trusted us to be their partner and will forever be thankful to the many Victor employees who made us who are today.” 

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Ostbye said the acquisition is a “significant milestone” in its mission to continue serving independent jewelers.

“I have always admired John Youkilis and the Victor Corporation. For Ostbye to be trusted to carry on their legacy is something I am very proud of,” MacBean said.

“For two U.S.A. companies with [a combined] 182 years of serving the independent jeweler to come together is incredible and another example of what makes our industry so special. The combination of these two comprehensive product lines, quality sales teams, and extensive service offerings with best-in-class technology gives the independent jeweler more support than ever before.”

Ostbye was founded in 1920, and MacBean is the fourth generation of the family to lead the company.

Its collections include bridal jewelry, anniversary bands, women’s diamond fashion jewelry, men’s jewelry, colored gemstone jewelry, and the “Marriage Symbol” collection, as well as its “Thru the Store” marketing programs.

The company has been selected as buying group RJO’s “Vendor of the Year” 12 times, as IJO’s “Supplier of the Year,” and ranked fifth on Instore’s 2023 list of best-performing brands, which is based on the magazine’s Big Survey.  

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