About Harper Brushes

 

The success story of Harper Brush began with the dreams of a young Fairfield, Iowa, entrepreneur, Alphonso K. "A.K." Harper. Watching his mother's daily struggle to scrub floors and keep other surfaces clean, he was inspired in his early 20s to create his first five-piece combination brush kit, hand-crafted from horse hair. The next year, in 1900, he founded Harper Brush Works, Inc. hiring a group of college students to make brushes part-time during the school year and travel full-time during the summer selling Harper brushes from their wagons.

In 1925, Harper Brush Works started making industrial cleaning tools as well as household products, beginning the evolution of a diverse family of Harper products to suit a variety of specialized cleaning applications, often in direct response to customer suggestions. Important innovations included the 1935 introduction of a heavy-duty broom handle brace with an iron connector, still a hallmark of Harper quality, and the installation of the first motor-driven brush machine in 1946 as the company began to automate its factory. Around 1948, in an effort to upgrade the recruiting program, a system of selective distribution through the assignment of geographical territory was created. Formal contracts, with counties assigned, were issued to the distributor sales team and they became the sole source of Harper products.

For the next several years, a marked shift toward full-time distributors and a few conventional storefront distributors occurred. In1989, Harper products entered the retail market with fully assembled push brooms.

In 2012, the Harper assets were purchased by Cequent Consumer Products (now Horizon Global), who wanted to expand their cleaning tool line with a strong brand known for quality.

Today, manufacturing in Iowa remains an integral part of ensuring the brush and broom knowledge and skills, built up since 1900, are maintained. Harper still stands for American made quality and will continue to provide products with Durability Pros Rely On.

 

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Harper®, the Harper® logo and Harper® graphics are the service marks, trademarks or registered trademarks owned by Horizon Global Corporation. All other service marks and trademarks are the property of their respective owner.

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