Outdoor equipment maker Ariens Co. announced Monday evening it had acquired the assets of debris maintenance equipment manufacturer Parker Co. Inc. of Phoenix, Ariz.

Ariens will continue to sell Parker products through two-step distribution channels in the outdoor power equipment market, Ariens said in a statement. The products will also be made available as brands sold directly to independent dealers.

“Parker is an established name in the debris maintenance segment,” Dan Ariens, president of Ariens said in a statement. The addition of the Parker lawn sweepers and debris handling equipment will help extend the lawn and garden season for our equipment dealers with fall clean-up products,” says “It will also serve our growing sports turf maintenance segment.”

Ariens will produce the Parker products at its manufacturing facility in Auburn, Neb. The Parker line, which serves the consumer and commercial markets, includes Vac-35® Litter Vacuums, all purpose vacuums, ground pack blowers, turf sweepers and lawn sweepers, portable truck loaders, Hurricane Plus Blowers and Thatch-O-Matic Power Rakes.

The company expects to make parts available to distributors in 30 to 60 days. Wholegoods availability is expected by December.

Source: Appleton (Wis.) Post-Crescent