Ariens Co. said Wednesday it reached an agreement to acquire Norwegian power equipment distributor Sovde of Rygge, Norway.

Terms of the deal were not announced.

Sovde will continue to operate as a distributor between Ariens and independent power equipment dealers in Norway, the company said.

"While it is not part of our long-term strategy to acquire distributorships, the decision was based on a 40-year relationship with the Sovde family who grew the Ariens Sno-Thro brand to become the largest-selling snow thrower brand in Norway," said Dan Ariens, president and CEO.

Ariens also recently acquired British tractor company Countax.

Ariens Co., headquartered in Brillion, is a manufacturer of outdoor power equipment for consumer and professional use