Husqvarna expands into surface prep by acquiring Blastrac

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Updated Dec 24, 2020
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Husqvarna is acquiring Blastrac, a manufacturer of products for shot blasting, scarifying, grinding, polishing and dust collection for surface preparation and polishing of concrete, steel and asphalt.

The Holland-based Blastrac, which has North American headquarters in Oklahoma City, will join Husqvarna Group’s Construction Division. Husqvarna President and CEO Henric Andersson says the acquisition is part of the Sweden-based company’s strategy to “provide customers with a complete range of solutions for any given surface preparation task.”

The acquisition follows Husqvarna’s purchase in 2019 of Wacker Neuson’s concrete power trowel business. In 2018, it acquired Atlas Copco‘s concrete and compaction business.

Blastrac’s shot blasting machines come in a range of sizes for such surfaces as roads, runways, floors and paths. They can clean and prepare steel, concrete and asphalt surfaces by blasting steel shot onto the surface. They can also be used to remove top layers, markings and rubber, as well as to improve skid resistance and appearance. Blastrac also makes products for dust collection, grinding, scraping and scarifying.

The Husqvarna acquisition includes the Diamatic brand of concrete grinding and polishing machines, according to Blastrac.

Blastrac is part of Bard Capital Holdings and has 380 employees globally, with manufacturing and sales offices in North America, Europe and Asia and sales in more than 80 countries. Cyclone and U.S.-based Global Contracting Services (Skidabrader, Cyclone Services and Diamatic Management Services) are not part of the sale and will remain under the ownership of Bard Capital, Blastrac says.