SOUTH CHARLESTON, Ohio — The assets of FH Bonn Co., a manufacturer of pads, covers and related products for the laundry and dry cleaning industries, has been acquired by Buckeye Pads and Covers LLC, the company reports.
Tim Kephart, president of Buckeye Pads and Covers, who also served as FH Bonn operations manager for more than 30 years, says that the FH Bonn product line will continue to be sold under the FH Bonn brand by a network of authorized distributors located throughout North America and more than 20 countries internationally.
Darrin Bonn, also a 30-year company veteran, will serve as vice president operations, says Kephart, and manufacturing and customer service operations will continue to be located in Ohio.
FH Bonn says the business was originally founded in 1947 by Francis Henry Bonn, whose mission was to produce the industry’s highest quality pads and covers. Throughout its history, the company has been led by three generations of the Bonn family who continued the traditions established by Francis in creating a product line renowned for perfect fit and finish, and manufactured in the United States from the highest quality materials.
The company says that FH Bonn products are featured as original equipment by more than 55 different manufacturers of pressing, ironing and finishing equipment.
Kephart says that customers and distributors can continue to reach the company through the firm’s website.
In related news, ISW Corp. reports it has purchased the TEXSTEEL steel pad division from FH Bonn/Buckeye Pads and Covers. ISW president and owner Eric Bonn says that his grandfather, Francis Henry Bonn, purchased ISW in the 1960s.
“I restarted the operations in 2011 and have been going strong producing steel wool and wire mesh fabricated products,” says Eric Bonn. “So, bringing the laundry/dry cleaning steel pad business into our portfolio is a perfect fit.”
Eric Bonn says ISW is producing its steel pads at the FH Bonn facility, but the company plans to move production to ISW’s shop in Roseville, Mich., in the future.