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Manufacturer relocating after acquisition

July 3, 2019
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A manufacturing holding company has acquired a local maker of home and garden supplies and is moving it out of Michigan.

Syracuse, Nebraska-based Headwind Consumer Products said Monday it acquired Robert Allen Home and Garden and has begun relocating the business from its current headquarters in Wyoming, at 4240 Roger B. Chaffee Memorial Blvd. SE, to Headwind’s headquarters at 3040 J Road in Syracuse. The move will be completed by the end of the month.

Terms of the deal, which closed on Friday, June 28, were not disclosed.

Headwind is owned by husband-and-wife entrepreneurs Steve Glenn and Marie Glenn and their son, Matt Glenn.

“We are excited about the synergies of combining the strong administrative team of Headwind with the sales, design and merchandising team of Robert Allen,” Steve Glenn said. “This acquisition also allows us to … leverage our warehouse, administration, production and shipping operations under one roof.”

Matt Glenn, chief commercial officer, said the acquisition roughly doubles the size of Headwind and expands its customer service and sales teams.

“This is a big game-changer for our company and a match made in heaven,” he said. “We will be able to serve many more customers with a broad range of exciting new products.”

Some of the employees of Robert Allen will be retained but not the executives, according to Matt Glenn.

Steve Glenn will take over as president of Robert Allen Home and Garden.

Robert Allen

Robert Allen Home and Garden is a provider of doormats, outdoor display structures and planters, including its signature “Glazed Ironstone” durable and lightweight pottery planter that is made from recycled/repurposed automobile car doors.

Headwind

Founded in 2008, Headwind Consumer Products is the parent company of EZRead, Garden Splendor and RAISE ITS.

Its subsidiaries manufacture rain gauges, decorative solar products, outdoor thermometers and clocks.

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