Hultafors Group of Goteborg, Sweden announced the acquisition of Custom LeatherCraft Manufacturing LLC, (“CLC”) of South Gate, California.
For more than 35 years, Custom LeatherCraft Mfg. has been a designer, developer and marketer of work gear, personal protective equipment and outdoor gear. Founded in 1983, the company’s products are marketed under the CLC brand in the United States and the Kuny’s Leather brand in Canada. The company prides itself in developing high quality work gear at the best value with products that have functional, stylish and innovative details.
“We are excited about this acquisition as we believe that CLC will be a substantial piece of the puzzle in realizing our North American strategy. CLC has an unparalleled track record in product excellence, quality and innovation within its categories, making the company very well suited to be part of the Hultafors Group”, says Ole Kristian Jødahl, CEO at Hultafors Group AB.
The acquisition is part of the Hultafors Group strategy to strengthen its’ presence in North America and to broaden the Hultafors Group portfolio within attractive professional user product categories. Through the acquisition, Hultafors will strengthen its sales and marketing capabilities in North America, as well as reinforce relationships with key customers within the distribution channel. Custom LeatherCraft will be integrated with Hultafors Group North America, and will report to Pete Chatel, President of Hultafors Group North America.
Custom LeatherCraft will operate day-to-day business as usual with Ron Pickens, CEO of CLC and the rest of the executive team in their current roles. Together, they will continue to lead CLC’s dedicated and talented team in developing business.