Komline-Sanderson Acquires Barnes International, Inc.

PEAPACK, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Komline-Sanderson, a designer and manufacturer of equipment for wastewater management, environmental control, and other industrial applications, announced today the acquisition of Barnes International, Inc., 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.

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“At Barnes, we have a proud history of providing the highest quality of products and services to our customers, and the Barnes management team will stay in place to carry on that mission”

Founded in 1946 and headquartered in Peapack, New Jersey, Komline 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. Now, with the acquisition of Barnes International, 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.

“The acquisition of Barnes International is a momentous step in what will be a multi-faceted expansion of our business,” said Danai Brooks, Komline’s Chief Executive Officer. “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.”

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.

“At Barnes, we have a proud history of providing the highest quality of products and services to our customers, and the Barnes management team will stay in place to carry on that mission,” said Bill Kirchner, President of Barnes International. “Komline takes the same approach to meeting and exceeding customers’ needs, and we know it to be a first-class operation that will honor and continue our company’s heritage, culture, and values.”

About Komline-Sanderson

Since its incorporation in 1946, Komline-Sanderson Corporation has provided the highest quality equipment for applications including process/production filtration, drying, thermal processing, wastewater treatment, sludge processing, and pollution control. The company, headquartered in Peapack, New Jersey, solves wastewater, industrial processing, and flue gas cleaning challenges for industrial and municipal customers around the world. Visit komline.com for more information.

About Barnes International, Inc.

Founded in 1907 and based in Rockford, Illinois, Barnes International manufactures an extensive line of quality coolant filtration solutions, including pressure and vacuum filtration systems, for a variety of industrial applications. The company was named a General Motors’ “Supplier of the Year” recipient in 2017 and received a Honda Motor Company Sustainability Award in 2020 for its Henry Filters division. Visit barnesintl.com for more information.


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