Newly formed Sparkle Products LLC has announced its acquisition of the business assets of A. J. Funk and Co., based in Elgin, Illinois.
Elgin – Newly formed Sparkle Products LLC has announced its acquisition of the business assets of A. J. Funk and Co., based in Elgin, Illinois. Sparkle Products LLC is a sister company of Baron Manufacturing Company, LLC, a leading national and international hardware distributor and supplier located in Itasca, IL.
“We are excited to bring our decades of distribution experience to the Sparkle line of cleaning products,” says Robert McKinney, Jr., Chief Executive Officer, Sparkle Products LLC. “Cleaning products are a growing industry projected to reach $46.9 billion U.S. by 2026. We are excited to be part of this growth by bringing the iconic purple Sparkle Glass Cleaner into more homes and businesses across the United States.”
For the last 75 years, A.J. Funk and Co. has been known for its Sparkle® Glass Cleaner with its unique purple color and ability to remove tough grease and grime without streaking. A.J. Funk acquired the formulation after World War II when it was originally used to clean dirty buildup on planes’ gunner sights. He took notice of its ability to clean without smearing and residue, and started making it in a backroom at his paper company. “Sparkle®” and its brilliant purple color became well-known throughout Illinois where distribution began in Elgin by paper salesmen. Today, millions of gallons a year of the famous “Sparkle Glass Cleaner,” Microscope Lens Cleaner and Flat Screen Glass Cleaner are made by the company. Sparkle Glass Cleaner is both alcohol- and ammonia– free and can be used on a variety of surfaces including window, mirrors, plexiglass, chrome, bathroom fixtures, stainless steel and microwave ovens.
Patrick Funk, owner/president, A.J. Funk & Co. says, “We are excited to share this news with our long-standing customers. The synergies between Sparkle Products LLC and the Baron Manufacturing Company will strengthen the Sparkle brand and expand Sparkle® Glass Cleaner and other cleaning products distribution throughout the United States. We are confident this new senior management team will preserve the tradition of Sparkle and bring new opportunities for growth.”
The acquisition was closed on October 18, 2021.
About Sparkle Products LLC
Sparkle Products LLC was formed as an Illinois corporation to effect the acquisition of A. J. Funk and Co. The management team is composed of seasoned manufacturing and distribution executives led by Robert McKinney, Tom Papadopoulos and Justin Narancich. Sparkle Products LLC is a sister company of Baron Manufacturing Company, LLC, located in Itasca, Illinois. Baron Manufacturing Company, LLC is a leading national and international distributor of hardware, snaps, chain, and rope. For more information, visit https://baronhardware.com
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