Generac acquires Country Home Products

Generac Holdings Inc. (“Generac”), a leading designer and manufacturer of power generation equipment and other engine-powered products, announced the acquisition of Country Home Products, Inc. and its subsidiaries (collectively, “Country Home Products”), effective Aug. 1, 2015.

Founded in 1985 and headquartered in Vergennes, Vt., Country Home Products is a leading manufacturer of high-quality, innovative, professional-grade, engine-powered equipment used in a wide variety of property maintenance applications. Primarily sold in North America under the DR and Neuton brand names, Country Home Products employs more than 200 people across its headquarters and two other facilities located in Vermont.

“Acquiring Country Home Products is a great strategic fit for Generac’s business and is perfectly aligned with our Powering Ahead strategic objective of diversifying our end markets with new products and services,” said Aaron Jagdfeld, president and CEO of Generac. “This acquisition dramatically expands our chore-related products lineup and will provide additional scale to our residential engine-powered tools platform. We believe this transaction should create meaningful cross-selling opportunities with our existing distribution and should also generate certain cost synergies as we leverage our existing global sourcing and manufacturing capabilities.”

“This is a very exciting transaction for Country Home Products,” said Joe Perrotto, president of Country Home Products. “It will open up even larger markets for sales of DR, Neuton and Generac products, both in the U.S. and globally, and will also create meaningful opportunities to improve our product costs and ultimately the value we bring to our customers. We are pleased to join the Generac family and look forward to our continued success as we work together to drive growth and bring exceptional products, service and value to the markets we serve.”

The management team of Country Home Products will continue to lead the business going forward, and the DR and Neuton brand names will join Generac’s family of brands in serving a broad, global customer base. The purchase price and other terms of the acquisition were not announced. Additional comments regarding this acquisition will be provided when Generac releases its second-quarter 2015 financial results and holds a conference call on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015.

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