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Ariens Acquires Parker Company

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Ariens will sell Parker products through distribution channels and as brands sold directly to independent dealers for the fall 2010 clean-up season.

| October 19, 2009

BRILLION, Wis. – Ariens Company has acquired the assets of debris maintenance equipment manufacturer Parker Company of Phoenix.

Ariens will continue to sell Parker products through two-step distribution channels in the outdoor power equipment market. The products will also be made available as brands sold directly to the independent dealer channel for the fall 2010 clean-up season.

“Parker is an established name in the debris maintenance segment. 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 Dan Ariens, company president. “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 of products, which serves both the consumer and commercial markets, includes all-purpose vacuums, ground pack blowers, turf sweepers and lawn sweepers, portable truck loaders and power rakes.

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

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