Hopkins Acquires Auto Squeegee Maker Mallory
Towing product supplier Hopkins Manufacturing Corp. today (Aug. 6) announced it has acquired Mallory, a leading Canadian provider of winter snow tools and the North American leader in automotive window squeegees.
“Combining Hopkins as the winter tool leader in the United States and Mallory as the leader in Canada, allows us to service both the U.S. and Canadian markets with the most comprehensive line of products available,” said Bradley T. Kraft, president and CEO of Emporia, Kan.-based Hopkins, in a press release. “In addition, Mallory’s market-leading branded line of squeegees significantly expands our presence in this product category,” added Mr. Kraft.
“We’re very excited that Hopkins will continue the heritage of Mallory long into the future,” said John Mallory, president of Mallory. “Hopkins has an outstanding reputation in the industry and we could not think of a better partner to ensure the future for our company.”
Mallory, grandson of the founder, will assist in the transition through the end of 2013.
As part of the acquisition, Hopkins will add manufacturing and distribution facilities in Blenheim, Ontario and South Sioux City, Nebraska. The Blenheim facility will provide new capabilities in Canada to better serve the Canadian market with all Hopkins products.
Recent acquisitions by Hopkins include the fluid management drain pans and ramps of F3 Brands, the non-gas can business of Blitz USA; and Mr. Funnel, a simple but effective line of portable fuel filters that remove water, dirt and debris from all types of fuels; Hopkins also acquired the TowDaddy line of towed vehicle wire harness kits earlier this year.