Nature, yours are the most appetising posts on the Taco!
My brothers, Mike and Greg sold Lowe Alpine to an English company back in 1988. No Lowe has been involved since then. I only had about a 3% interest, so no real say in things. We set up Lowe Alpine International, with the help of an IDA grant in the early '80's in Tullamore. All the packs for European distribution were produced, there, until the end of the decade, when competitive pressures forced additional sourcing from eastern bloc countries and Asia.
Lowe Alpine is currently owned by the Italian family that also ownes Asolo. I've been trying to convince them for a couple of years that they need a real Lowe involved to help revive the brand.