Source: Hussey Seating

North Berwick, ME - Hussey Seating Company announced today that it has acquired Clarin Seating of Illinois. Hussey Seating, a 175-year-old family business, is a global leader in spectator seating. Clarin, a company with very strong brand equity in its markets, offers Hussey the potential for significant growth in and beyond its core markets. "This is an opportunity to capitalize on the strengths that Hussey and Clarin bring to the table and invigorate both brands through our expertise in manufacturing, product development and sales & marketing," says Tim Hussey. "Hussey, Clarin and most importantly our customers all stand to benefit." From a business standpoint, Hussey and Clarin are ideally matched. The two companies focus on the school and sports facility markets, create complementary product lines, have compatible manufacturing requirements, and share a reputation for quality. Hussey Seating produces a wide range of seating solutions for schools, stadiums and entertainment venues. Fans cheer from Hussey bleachers around the corner and all over the world. The company has a world-class manufacturing facility in North Berwick, Maine, which produces more than a half-million seats a year and has the capacity for many more. Clarin is best known for producing portable seats (known in the industry as "Clarin Chairs") that are found in gyms, arenas and entertainment venues such as theaters and casinos. Clarin also manufactures fixed tabletop learning systems used in schools K-12 through college. While Hussey's short-term plan is to continue manufacturing Clarin products in the Chicago area, at least through the end of the summer, the company will eventually move this operation to Hussey's facility in Maine. "We plan to implement changes carefully and respectfully over the coming months, communicating with Clarin staff early and often to ease the transition," says Tim Hussey. "Now that our dedicated team has put this acquisition together, the real work begins. We recognize that we have a lot to learn and many factors to consider with this acquisition, but we're confident of making exciting new inroads in the marketplace." About Hussey Seating

A family-owned company founded in 1835, Hussey Seating Company is a world leader in developing and manufacturing seating solutions including facilities for the sports and education markets. Hussey's high quality range of spectator seating includes fixed plastic and upholstered chairs, telescopic platforms, and telescopic gym seating (traditionally known as bleachers).

Paul Steinbach is Senior Editor of Athletic Business.