Briggs & Stratton Corp. has acquired certain assets of Hurricane Inc. of Muskegon Heights, Mich., a designer and manufacturer of stand-on leaf and debris blowers. Terms of the transaction, which accelerates Briggs & Stratton’s diversification into commercial products, were not disclosed.
“Hurricane brings high quality products with differentiated capabilities around air flow and handling which makes the lawn and turf care professional more productive and able to tackle even the largest jobs more efficiently and easily,” said Harold Redman, Briggs & Stratton senior vice president and group president Turf & Consumer Products. “The acquisition brings Briggs & Stratton and its family of brands one step closer to its goal of filling a landscaper’s trailer with everything needed to start and finish a job in as little time and with as little effort as possible to maximize their profitability.”
“Briggs & Stratton continues to generate strong growth serving commercial customers in lawn and turf care, jobsite and on an OEM basis with an expanding line of innovative commercial engines,” said Todd Teske, Briggs & Stratton chairman, president and CEO. “This investment follows our recent acquisition of the assets of Ground Logic Inc., which produces stand-on commercial spreaders and spreader/sprayers for fertilizer and pesticide-herbicide lawn applications. Both have expanded our product line and will enable us to take advantage of synergies in manufacturing and supply chain. We will be able to leverage our broad base of dealers and distributors to accelerate growth of these products.”
Briggs & Stratton, based in Milwaukee, also owns Simplicity, Snapper, Ferris, Vanguard, Allmand, Billy Goat, Murray, Branco and Victa brands.