ACAT Global Acquires Whitman Manufacturing

Dec 7, 2013

Charlevoix, Mich.-based Advanced Clean Air Technologies (ACAT) Global, manufacturer of catalytic converter substrates, recently acquired Milton, Ontario-based Whitman Manufacturing, a maker of custom automotive mufflers and exhaust system components for aftermarket and OEM applications.

“Small engine and power equipment emissions regulations continue to become more stringent,” said Joe A. Moch, CEO of ACAT Global, in a press release. “The Whitman organization brings muffler and sound attenuation expertise into our portfolio, which can be packaged with ACAT’s advanced emissions technology. This makes us an ideal partner to assist small engine and specialty equipment manufacturers to meet their exhaust and emissions needs.”

ACAT’s purchase of Whitman is effective immediately and is its second purchase of a Canadian exhaust system manufacturer this year. In August, ACAT purchased Barrie, Ontario-based Emico.

The bulk of Whitman’s product offerings consist of custom-designed muffler and exhaust components for original equipment manufacturers of small engine-related equipment, according to the press release.

“Joe Moch and ACAT are quickly becoming a major part of the exhaust after-treatment business,” said Gerald Whitman, who founded Whitman Manufacturing in 1989. “In addition to strengthening our OEM position, the two companies’ aftermarket product lines complement each other nicely, offering expanded coverage in the marketplace.”