Guardair Corporation Acquires Air-Spade

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Guardair Corporation today announced the acquisition of the assets constituting the Air-Spade® product line from Concept Engineering Group, Inc. of Verona, PA. Operating as a division of Guardair, Air-Spade production will be based at Guardair's Chicopee, MA headquarters.

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The Air-Spade product line is a key component of our strategy to diversify our customer base

Guardair Corporation today announced the acquisition of the assets constituting the Air-Spade® product line from Concept Engineering Group, Inc. of Verona, PA. Operating as a division of Guardair, Air-Spade production will be based at Guardair's Chicopee, MA headquarters. The Air-Spade line includes air excavation tools, supersonic air nozzles, pneumatic vacuums, and a comprehensive array of accessories sold primarily into the industrial, utility, and arborist markets.

"The Air-Spade product line is a key component of our strategy to diversify our customer base", states Tom Tremblay, President of Guardair. "The addition of Air-Spade expands the high end of our product offerings and gives our customers a proven solution for some very demanding applications."

For over half a century, Guardair has manufactured safety air guns, syphon spray guns, and pneumatic vacuums, and accessories for the industrial MRO (Maintenance, Repair, and Operations) marketplace. Millions of Guardair products are in use in a wide range of industrial and commercial applications including food processing, metalworking, pulp and paper, textiles, transportation, and construction. Guardair developed the world's first safety air gun and during the 1970's worked closely with OSHA to write safety regulations for air gun usage. All Guardair products meet OSHA standards and incorporate unique design features to maximize operator productivity and safety.

In 2004 Guardair acquired certain assets of Nortech Corporation, a leading manufacturer of pneumatic wet/dry vacuums and accessories. In 1999 Guardair acquired certain assets of Allpax Gasket Cutter Products, Inc., the largest US manufacturer of gasket cutters, hollow punch tools and accessories.

Guardair, Air-Spade, Nortech, and Allpax are highly recognized name brands in the industrial MRO marketplace and are synonymous with high quality products and customer service. Their products are sold through a world-wide network of over 2000 industrial and specialty distributors including McMaster-Carr, W.W. Grainger, MSC Industrial, Lab Safety Supply, and Hagemeyer.

For Additional Information Contact:
Sarah Masuzzo, Marketing Coordinator
Guardair Corporation
54 Second Avenue
Chicopee, MA 01020
(800) 482-7324
SMasuzzo(at)guardaircorp.com
http://www.guardaircorp.com

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