TESS was started in 1968 by founders and colleagues Erik Jølberg and Olav Nygaard, as a private company, with each of their families holding 50 percent ownership. The two associates grew the company in a strong partnership. TESS quickly became the country's largest provider of hoses for all purposes, along with the associated services. Olav Nygaard died on 30 August 2014, and the Nygaard and Jølberg families subsequently decided to split up as co-owners. An agreement was signed on 11 January 2016 and Erik Jølberg is now the sole owner.
In parallel with the ownership change, TESS has been reorganised on a corporate group model. At the same time, the organisation has adapted to the challenges of the markets in which it is active. This means that Norwegian market will be served by four major sustainable regional centers, and an organisation with even greater focus on a good working relationship with our customers and other business associates.
How the TESS Group is organised
The TESS Group was founded on 24 May 2016 and papers were filed in The Brønnøysund Register Centre for the necessary registrations and approvals. This process is expected to be completed in august 2016. The Group has Jølberg Holding AS as the top company and four sales regions organised as separate companies. Jølberg Holding AS owns the (new) subsidiary TESS AS (business registry no. 916 643 233), which is the owner of the four regions, as well as (old) TESS AS (reg. no. 936 843 107), which is changing its name to TESS Logistics AS. The four new regions have absorbed companies from the previous corporate structure.
The reorganisation involves no changes in the address or telephone number of the individual locations, consisting of:
TESS Vest AS (reg. no. 916 934 351)
TESS Vest AS (reg. no. 913 906 934) and TESS Rogaland AS (reg. no. 986 357 424)
TESS Nord AS (reg. no. 980 386 996)
TESS Møre AS (reg. no. 928 508 730) and TESS Trondheim AS (reg. no. 922 995 745)
TESS Øst AS (reg. no. 916 939 787)
TESS Innlandet AS (reg. no. 929 676 637) and TESS Østfold AS (reg. no. 982 908 523)
TESS Sør AS (reg. no. 916 940 157) TESS Skagerak AS (reg. no. 940 075 750)
TESS Drammen AS (reg. no. 982 908 558) TESS Hønefoss AS (reg. no. 951 829 595) will follow in October 2016.
The new regions are already operational. We expect to have all formalities in place by 15 July. From 15 July, the Group will invoice from the new regions.