Ryobi North America Inc. of Easley, S.C., has sold its floor-care products line to Bissell Inc., which is auctioning off injection molding machinery and equipment Dec. 17 at a plant in Anderson, S.C. ``The floor-care business never really fit in with our core competencies, both in the United States and globally,'' said Ryobi spokesman Frank Coots.
The floor-care products business and the injection molding plant were part of a package purchase Ryobi made in 1988 from Singer Corp., Coots said.
The deal also included Singer's power tool business and plant in Pickens, S.C. Ryobi is a global manufacturer of power tools and outdoor products, and die-cast components for the automotive industry.
Ryobi maintains plants in Pickens and Easley, and in Tempe, Ariz.
According to Bissell spokesman David Kaygun, the Grand Rapids, Mich., company is selling the equipment because the acquisition was for Singer-brand floor-care products, not the equipment.
``Our capacity in Grand Rapids allows us to meet our manufacturing needs [there and at] other plants we outsource work to,'' Kaygun said.
Besides the Grand Rapids plant, Bissell also has a plant in Ireland that produces a line of sweepers, and subcontracts work to custom manufacturers in the United States and globally.
Included in the sale are 35 injection molding machines with clamping forces of 50-1,500 tons, 42 granulators, three resin silos and other auxiliary equipment and machine tools.