|(Updated) Henry Filters purchased|
|Written by HAROLD BROWN Sentinel City Editor|
|Tuesday, 24 December 2013 11:01|
Henry Filters, a long-time name in Bowling Green manufacturing, is ready to hang its name again at 555 Van Camp Road.
The firm, which manufactures custom engineered filtration products, was purchased Thursday from Durr AG, Stutgart, Germany, by Barnes International of Rockford, Ill. Durr had owned Henry since 1999.
“The ink is still drying,” Roy Martinez, vice president of operations, said Monday afternoon.
“We had an all-plant meeting Friday morning. The employees are looking for change and are optimistic for the future,” Martinez said. “Even though they (Barnes) are a competitor, there are a lot of synergies, a lot of potential,” he said.
“A lot of the community will recognize the Henry Filters name,” said Martinez, who started with the firm as a welder in 1972. Henry’s products are used in the industrial metal working industry.
“We are very excited for the sale and look forward to Henry Filters returning as a strong vital member of the industrial community that it once was,” said Sue Clark, director of the Bowling Green Economic Development Foundation.
“It is a great move and looks like two companies with a lot of similar systems, each with different customers,” Clark added.
“This is certainly good news for the city and the employees of Henry Filters,” Bowling Green Mayor Richard Edwards said this morning. “We had known something was in the works. We knew they were very enthusiastic about this.”
Henry has 85 employees who handle manufacturing and office duties.
Henry Filters was founded in 1955 by Bowling Green entrepreneur Harold H. Harms. Growing steadily through the years it became an international leader in filtration technology, guided by Harms’ youngest son, Eugene.
From 1980 to 2000 Henry developed or improved several products, such as the horizontal wedgewire Suctioning Indexing Drum filter, vacuum roll media filters, the Flat Bed Pressure Filter and the Zero Pump.
The merger with Barnes is expected to increase market share by using brand name recognition, in combination with the Barnes products.
|Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 December 2013 14:16|
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