Felix Lethmate and Frank Janetzky founded EMP in the year 1986. They are based in Lingen, Germany and have their affiliates all over Europe. Emp is a merchandising company that sells music CDs and other merchandised products such as shirts and buttons of heavy metal bands and rock bands. EMP distributes their products all over Germany, Austria, France, Italy, Spain, Finland, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Poland, Sweden (under Sweden Rock Shop), and the Netherlands (under the name Large Popmerchandising). In the year 2007, they recruited about 240 employees. They won an Echo award for being the Trade Partner of the Year. It is owned by Warner Music Group. Apart from clothing and music CDs the company also has video games of their own. They currently have 350 employees working under the company name.