Harper Brush Works sold

Cequent Consumer Products, a market leader in household cleaning tools and automotive aftermarket products, announced the asset purchase of Harper Brush Works, located in Fairfield, Iowa.

John Aleva, president of Cequent Consumer Products, said the acquisition was a way of expanding the Solon, Ohio-based company beyond automotive 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,” Aleva said.

Harper was founded by entrepreneur, Alphonso K. "A.K." Harper of Fairfield, Iowa, in 1900. Harper has been manufacturing high-quality cleaning tools for the retail and commercial markets ever since. Cequent will utilize the Harper assets as a strong foundation to continue operations in Iowa, the announcement said. 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.