Ripley acquires Clauss's Fiber Optic/Telecom Division

July 23, 2004
July 23, 2004 - The acquisition adds fiber-prep tools including strippers, cleavers, and shears to the Ripley Co.'s cadre of offerings.

Ripley Company ( recently announced that it has acquired the Fiber Optic/Telecom and Electronic divisions of Clauss. Details of the acquisition have not been made public.

Clauss, founded in 1877, manufactures tools and scissors for fiber-optic, telecommunications, and electronics markets. The Fiber Optic/Telecom division includes fiber-optic preparation tools including hte NO-NIK fiber stripper, CC 125 fiber cleaver, CFS fiber stripper, Kevlar shears, fiber-optic preparation kits, and consumables for fiber preparation.

"We at Clauss believe that the acquisition of our Fiber Optic/Telecom tools by the Ripley Company puts the best interest of our customers first," said Scott Sprouse, president of Clauss. "As the fiber-optic market reemerges and grows, this move allows Ripley to offer installers, technicians, electrical contractors, and OEMs the most complete line of tools in the industry."

Ripley's vice president and general manager Ed Dearborn said the acquisition "is forward thinking, allowing each company's strongest assets to come together." He called Clauss's product offering "a natural fit to the Ripley product range."

The Clauss tool line will be available through all of Ripley's distributors worldwide, and directly from The Ripely Company.

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