Sten’s Sold To Minnesota Company; Expected To Stay In Jasper

stensJasper (Local Sources) – Jasper-based Ariens Company has announced the company has entered into what it calls a “definitive agreement” to sell its aftermarket parts business to Arrowhead Engineered Products Inc. of Blaine, Minnesota.

The sale is expected to be complete by the end of 2016. Both companies are privately held and terms of the agreement will not be disclosed. Stens is expected to stay in Jasper.

“This is a strategic decision that allows the company to continue to re-invest in the original equipment manufacturing business,” said Dan Ariens, chairman and CEO of Ariens Company. “We have been enhancing our manufacturing plants with automation technology and, at the same time, we will continue to invest in R&D capabilities to accelerate the rate of new product introductions.”

The company will also invest in a robust e-commerce platform for its niche outdoor supply brands Gempler’s, AW Direct and Ben Meadows.

“The combination of Arrowhead with the Stens and JThomas organization creates a unique and powerful platform in support of our mission to always be our customers’ first choice for critical replacement parts,” said Arrowhead CEO Jim Wisnoski. “We are excited for the combination of our two organizations, and the shared focus of our combined employees to continue providing exceptional service to our worldwide customers.”

The priority for both companies is ensuring that customers experience a seamless transition, according to Wisnoski and Ariens. “The Ariens Company and the Ariens family gave this a lot of thought and consideration, and feel that the owners of Arrowhead are a close match with Ariens in that we share numerous cultural values and have a high regard for customer relationships.”

Customers of both companies will benefit from the combination, as Stens and Arrowhead share a common culture, goals, and a commitment to customer satisfaction. Together, they can offer more products and services to a larger combined customer base.

“Stens’ large and sophisticated field salesforce will help Arrowhead reach more customers and prospects, while Arrowhead’s ongoing investments in new product development will help boost sales across the platform,” Stubitz said.

The company began when Jim and Charles Stenftenagel opened a one-room garage servicing outdoor power equipment in the 1979s. By 1983, Stens shifted its focus to the replacement parts market. After the Ariens Company purchased Stens, they grew it to eight distribution centers across the U.S.

Ariens Company acquired Stens in 1995 and JThomas in 2008. While Stens sells directly to independent power equipment dealers, JThomas Parts brand sells directly to professional landscape contractors.

In 2013, Stens completed a move to a new distribution center and corporate headquarters in the former Columbus Container building in Jasper. They renovated the 208,000-square-foot facility on Hospitality Drive.

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