Komline-Sanderson Acquires Barnes International

Peapack-based Komline-Sanderson, a designer and manufacturer of equipment for wastewater management, environmental control and other industrial applications, announced Thursday that it is acquiring Barnes International, an Illinois-based manufacturer of coolant filtration equipment.

The acquisition is expected to be the first of several that will significantly expand Komline’s product and service offerings, manufacturing capacity and geographic reach, Komline officials said.

Komline CEO Danai Brooks said this is just the start of a buying spree.

“The acquisition of Barnes International is a momentous step in what will be a multifaceted expansion of our business,” he said. “With this acquisition, we are more than doubling our production capacity with facilities in Ohio and Illinois, creating a broader and more flexible manufacturing footprint.

“Barnes has been providing critical products to its customers for more than 100 years, and we intend to proudly continue that tradition of service and success as we join forces to offer even more benefits to our combined customer base.”

Komline, founded in 1946, provides and maintains tailored filtration and pollution control solutions for a diverse group of customers around the world, including municipal wastewater treatment facilities, waste-to-energy utilities and industrial processing plants in end markets such as chemical manufacturing, food processing, and pharmaceuticals.

With the acquisition of Barnes International, Brooks said Komline will expand its filtration offerings to include those used by automotive, aerospace and industrial products manufacturers. With these additional capabilities, Komline increases its ability to tackle its customers’ most difficult challenges in fluid and gas filtration.

Barnes International, founded in 1907, began as a drill and tapping company serving the automotive industry with a variety of equipment, and it introduced its first filtration products in the 1950s. In addition to major U.S. automotive companies, Barnes serves customers in the aerospace, agriculture and general machine tool industries.