The Ottumwa Courier

December 6, 2012

Cequent purchases Harper Brush Works

Ottumwa Courier

FAIRFIELD — Cequent Consumer Products has announced the asset purchase of Harper Brush Works, Inc. located in Fairfield.

“Acquiring Harper, who has a strong brand name in the cleaning tool business, gives us an opportunity to add to our cleaning tool product offerings,” said John Aleva, president of Cequent Consumer Products. “We have been leaders in the automotive market for years and now we are strategically paving the way to become the leading manufacturer and distributor of cleaning tool products for both residential and industrial markets.”

Since 1900, Harper has been manufacturing cleaning tools for the retail and commercial markets. But earlier this year, Harper Brush filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Harper is the second cleaning tool brand Cequent has purchased this year. Laitner Brush, an American broom and brush manufacturer since 1855, was acquired by Cequent in February. With the combination of Harper and Laitner, Cequent officials say now they have more than 250 years of history and expertise in the broom category to advance their market penetration strategies.

Cequent Consumer Products, Inc. is a division of Trimas Corporation located in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.