AAF Flanders to acquire Phoenix company

Published 6:16 pm Thursday, January 19, 2017

AAF Flanders announced its plans Wednesday to acquire Aire Filter Products by Jan. 31.

Aire Filter Products is based in Phoenix, Arizona, and employees 106 people across several states, according to a press release.

“Our new partnership with AFP will allow AAF Flanders to continue to build up our presence in the West,” stated Philip Whitaker, chief executive officer of AAF International, in a press release. “AFP has been serving customers for almost 60 years. That’s a terrific resource for us to tap into, and we’re looking forward to combining AFP’s strong distribution network with AAF Flanders’ wide range of products.”

Jerry McGuire, AAF Flanders director of marketing, declined to give the cost for the acquisition.

McGuire said he was also not able to disclose any details regarding the transition, saying the two companies are “in the process of evaluating the needs of both companies.”

American Air Filter Co. Inc. acquired Washington-based Flanders Corp. in April 2016, in a $430 million deal secured by AAF’s parent company Daikin. With the acquisition, AAF International moved into the No. 1 spot for air filtration in the world.

The Flanders location in Washington, now named AAF Flanders, has been in operation since 1950.

“There will be no changes to operations at the Washington plant as a result of the acquisition at this time,” McGuire said.

Aire Filter Products is the oldest HVAC filter service company in the United States and has been in business since the mid-1950s, supplying air filters to commercial, governmental and educational entities, according to its website.

“AAF Flanders has had a long, successful relationship with AFP, so we’re thrilled about this acquisition,” stated David Parker, AAF vice president of commercial and industrial sales in western North America. “Acquiring AFP fits in well with our strategic plan for the West Region, as we continue to expand AAF’s service capabilities in the western United States and work to get closer to our customers.”