Posted November 2, 2012

PFERD parent acquires Superior Abrasives

Superior Abrasives has been acquired by the Rüggeberg Group, parent company of PFERD Inc. The company will be named Superior Abrasives LLC.

PFERD Inc. and Superior Abrasives will continue to operate independently. Superior president, Lynne Henson, will remain with Superior's headquarters and manufacturing facility in Dayton, Ohio. "We are very excited to be part of the Rüggeberg family. Our association with PFERD will provide us with additional resources in technology, product development, and increased efficiencies that will ultimately translate to providing even greater value to our customers," said Henson.

The companies said that all Superior and PFERD employees will remain with their company where they will continue to function independently. The two sales organizations will not be able to sell each other's products and all distribution channels will remain the same. Existing PFERD distributors not already authorized to purchase Superior Abrasives will not have automatic access to the Superior line, and existing Superior Abrasives distributors will not have automatic access to PFERD products.

"PFERD welcomes all Superior employees to our Rüggeberg family and we look forward to their continuing to function as a separate entity just as they had been and with continued great success," said Gene Huegin, PFERD president.

"With Superior now being part of a major international company that has such a long and successful history, we expect Superior to be even more of a player in industrial abrasive technology leadership and that we can realize even more positive growth results," Henson added.

Superior Abrasives was founded in 1961 by Herbert Cook and, in recent years, owned by his son, Paul Cook, and his wife, Jean Cook. Today, it is best known for coated, non-woven, grinding and polishing products including quick-change discs, pressure sensitive adhesive discs, cartridge rolls and conversion of surface conditioning materials. The majority of Superior's business is in the U.S. but sales also come from Canada, Mexico and Europe.

PFERD INC. has been operating in the U.S. for over 30 years and is a subsidiary of a 213-year-old international manufacturer known for its product designs in all areas of industrial metalworking and finishing. The PFERD product range covers over 7,500 grinding, cutting, finishing, polishing, power tools, industrial brushes, and maintenance tools.