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Hopkins Acquires AirPower America

The AirPower product offering includes the MaxAir air pump and the TopSider and LiquiVac (for large and small engines) oil change/extractor systems.

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Hopkins Manufacturing Corp. has acquired certain assets of Kristus Inc., doing business as AirPower America. AirPower is a supplier of oil and fluid extractors and air pumps marketed under the TopSider, LiquiVac and MaxAir brands.

The AirPower product offering includes the MaxAir air pump and the TopSider and LiquiVac (for large and small engines) oil change/extractor systems.

“We are pleased to add the AirPower product line, the leader in oil fluid extractors, to Hopkins’ FloTool branded fluid management product offering. AirPower’s unique designs will be a great addition for Hopkins, capitalizing on a growing trend where extractors are required to remove oil from newer vehicles,” said Bradley Kraft, president and CEO of Hopkins.

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“We are excited with the reach of Hopkins and their ability to further the growth of the AirPower product line,” said Barry Kearns, president of Kristus. “Hopkins has an outstanding reputation in the industry and the fit with the FloTool line of products is perfect!”

Hopkins will transfer the production and distribution of the AirPower line to its Miami, Oklahoma, manufacturing facility, where it produces other “Made in the USA” FloTool fluid management products such as Rhino Drive-Up Ramps, Super Duty Oil Drains and various funnels and other products. Hopkins has North American manufacturing and distribution in the U.S. in Kansas, Oklahoma, Iowa and California; in Canada in Blenheim, Ontario, and in Mexico in Juarez, Chihuahua.

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Recent acquisitions by Hopkins include Bell Automotive Products, interior and vehicle accessories; Mallory, the market leader in Canada for snow tools and in North America for gas station squeegees; the fluid management drain pans and ramps of F3 Brands; Mr. Funnel, a line of portable fuel filters that remove water, dirt and debris from all types of fuels; and TowDaddy line of towed vehicle wire harness kits.

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