Pioneer Eclipse to buy Clarke American Sanders

Amano Pioneer Eclipse announced today that it has entered into an agreement to purchase Clarke American Sanders from Nilfisk-Advance, Inc.

The agreement gives Amano Pioneer Eclipse a market leading position in the wood floor care industry. The Clarke American Sanders acquisition also strengthens the core floor care technology business of Amano Pioneer Eclipse by opening new sales channels for existing product lines. The anticipated transaction close date is March 31, 2014, subject to customary closing conditions.

“Amano Pioneer Eclipse is very excited to acquire Clarke American Sanders.  Our management team has significant experience with both the Clarke American Sanders brand and the wood floor industry in general, which makes us uniquely qualified to provide the product quality and customer service levels that the industry has come to expect from this fine brand,” said Tom Benton, President and CEO of Amano Pioneer Eclipse.  Mr. Benton continued, “Our strength in providing systems to produce and maintain attractive floors will now be enhanced by moving strongly into the wood floor segment of the market.”

Amano Pioneer Eclipse and Nilfisk-Advance will continue working closely together over the coming weeks and months to ensure that customers continue to receive exceptional products and customer support.

About Amano Pioneer Eclipse Corporation

Amano Pioneer Eclipse is recognized as an industry leader and innovator in floor care systems, with an emphasis on propane powered equipment and polymer based chemical products.  Its Sparta, North Carolina, manufacturing and operations facility services customers globally, with sales in over 40 countries.  Amano Pioneer Eclipse also manufactures and sells dust and mist collectors for industrial applications under the brand name Amano Environmental Americas. Amano Pioneer Eclipse is a wholly owned subsidiary of Amano Corporation, a manufacturing conglomerate listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

About Nilfisk-Advance Group

The Nilfisk-Advance Group is one of the world’s leading suppliers of professional floor cleaning equipment. Nilfisk-Advance has production, sales and service entities in all major geographic regions including, EMEA (Europe, Middle-East and Africa), Americas (U.S., Canada and Latin America), and Asia Pacific, including China. Nilfisk-Advance is a part of NKT Group, which is a company listed on the Copenhagen Stock Exchange.


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