Hopkins Manufacturing Corp. announced that it has acquired Acme Chamois, a supplier of genuine leather chamois products in North America. For 65 years, the company’s chamois has been marketed under the widely recognized Tanner’s Select brand. Acme Chamois has been a part of Acme Sponge and Chamois Co. Inc.
Hopkins says this acquisition strengthens its leadership position in vehicle cleaning accessories, complementing its existing cleaning tools and soft goods. The Acme Chamois product offering includes its genuine leather chamois and synthetic cloth for drying and chamois-based wash sponges.
“We are pleased to add the Acme Chamois product line and the Tanner’s Select brand to Hopkins’ portfolio. The Tanner’s Select brand bolsters our growing line-up of market-leading automotive cleaning brands, including Auto Spa, Carrand and Pacific Coast,” said Bradley Kraft, president and CEO of Hopkins. “Bringing the Acme chamois products together with our automotive cleaning products will be a win for our customers.”
“We’re very excited that Hopkins will build on the heritage of the Tanner’s Select brand into the future,” said Jim Cantonis, president of Acme. “Over the years we have been approached numerous times to sell our chamois business, now we have found the right fit; Hopkins has the right culture, it does business in the right manner and has an outstanding reputation in the industry. We could not think of a better partner to ensure the future for this business.”
As part of the acquisition, Hopkins will add an operations and distribution facility in Tarpon Springs, Florida, where genuine leather chamois products are sized, packaged and distributed. Acme will continue to operate its natural and synthetic sponge business as The Acme Sponge Co., which was not a part of the transaction.