Blount International, Inc. Awards Central Power Systems Carlton® Distribution

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With the discontinuation of the Windsor® brand of forestry products by Blount International, Central Power Systems has transitioned to distribution of Blount's Carlton® brand of forestry products through its extensive network of dealers and retailers across Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Maryland, Western Pennsylvania, Kentucky, West Virginia and Florida.

In September 2000, Windsor Forestry Tools’ assets were purchased by Blount International and all operations were moved to Portland Oregon to be housed in the same manufacturing facility as Oregon brand products. Similarly in 2008, Blount acquired Carlton, a forestry products company founded in 1963 by former Oregon employee Ray Carlton. Over time the Oregon and Carlton brands began to exhibit especially strong and sustained growth and so, early this year, in a decision based on maximizing production capacity, Blount ceased manufacturing products under the Windsor brand.

Due to this decision, Central Power Systems has been appointed the Carlton distributor for its entire region including Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Maryland, Western Pennsylvania, Kentucky, West Virginia and Florida. Central Power Systems has been a long time customer of Blount, first as a distributor of the Oregon Brand, later the Windsor brand and now with the Carlton brand. In those years, an expertise and understanding of the forestry market has developed and business has reflected it through growth in every year. "We, at Central Power Systems, have every confidence in the Carlton brand of products and are fully engaged in developing and growing the brand successfully in all of our markets," said John Krueger, Marketing Director for Central Power Systems.

Carlton® is a well-established, high quality brand marketed and sold to professional arborists, loggers and homeowners in more than 60 countries through a diverse network of distributors and dealers. Today, the comprehensive product line includes chain saw chain, guide bars, drive-sprockets, files, accessories, and trimmer line and heads.

Blount International, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of equipment, accessories and replacement parts for the global forestry, garden and construction industries. Blount sells its products in more than 100 countries around the world. As a leader in innovation and quality, Blount produces saw chains, bars and sprockets that are well respected in the chain saw and forestry industries and outdoor equipment accessories and parts for the garden and landscape industry. Blount offers these products under the brand names OREGON®, Carlton® and many OEM brands.

Central Power Systems aligns state-of-the-art distribution, direct sales, customer & technical support and certified service training to offer the most complete brand, service and product support in the industry. As full line distributors of Briggs & Stratton engines and parts, Worx Yard Tools, DOLMAR Power Products, Murray, Poulan, Poulan Pro and Weed Eater parts, NGK and Champion spark plugs, we supply an independent network of over 6,000 sales & service locations throughout the Midwest and Florida.

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