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Harper Brush jobs to stay

Dec 05, 2012

SOLON, Ohio — Cequent Consumer Products, a market leader in automotive aftermarket products and household cleaning tools, announced today the asset purchase of Harper Brush Works Inc. 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.”

“Cequent Consumer Products’ current plans are to continue operations of Harper Brush in Fairfield, and we have completed the on-boarding of the current workforce,” emailed Shannon Ketvertes, marketing communications manager of Cequent.

Since 1900, Harper has been manufacturing high quality cleaning tools for the retail and commercial markets. Cequent will use the Harper assets as a strong foundation to continue operations in Iowa. 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 now has 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 in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. Cequent is the industry’s leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of innovative consumer goods and automotive aftermarket products.

For more than 85 years, Cequent Consumer Products has produced products including towing and hitch systems, trailer components and accessories, wiring, lighting and brake systems, cargo securing, cargo carrying, rack systems, as well as household and industrial brooms and brushes.

Its brands are leaders in the industry and include: Reese Towpower, Reese Carry Power, Reese PowerSports, Highland, Aqua-Clear, Laitner, Rola, Fulton and Bulldog.

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