Shop Vac ran into cash-flow problems with big-box retailers, which account for most sales of the smaller Shop Vac model, many of which are manufactured in China. Its Chinese supplier went on strike after learning that Shop Vac was planning to shift manufacturing to a Vietnamese site, Fink said.
“There was a strike and that shut down production and then on top of that COVID then hit and they were delayed by that, so they got real far behind,” he said.
Shop Vac owed nearly $50 million to its bank, JP Morgan, and hired Getzler Henrich & Associates LLC, a New York turnaround consultant that works with distressed companies, according to sources who were not authorized to speak about the company.
KPS Capital Partners, a private equity firm based in New York, made two offers to buy Shop Vac, but they were rejected, presumably because the sellers thought they could get a better price, even if the assets were liquidated.
The Millers relinquished control of the company’s board. Shop Vac’s ownership status is unclear, and it has not filed for bankruptcy protection. The status of its production facilities in Binghamton, N.Y., and in Asia are unclear, as are its distribution warehouses in Canada, Mexico, Australia and China.
At the time, Shop Vac said it had more than half of the $275 million domestic market for wet/dry vacuums, and its annual worldwide sales were about $200 million.
Read more. Missed this back in September, what a well-known and iconic brand, everyone has / had a Shop Vac at some point.
Adafruit publishes a wide range of writing and video content, including interviews and reporting on the maker market and the wider technology world. Our standards page is intended as a guide to best practices that Adafruit uses, as well as an outline of the ethical standards Adafruit aspires to. While Adafruit is not an independent journalistic institution, Adafruit strives to be a fair, informative, and positive voice within the community – check it out here: adafruit.com/editorialstandards
Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.
Have an amazing project to share? The Electronics Show and Tell is every Wednesday at 7pm ET! To join, head over to YouTube and check out the show’s live chat – we’ll post the link there.