AO Smith acquires Atlantic Filter Corporation

MILWAUKEE, WI – Water technology company AO Smith Corporation (NYSE: AOS) today announced the acquisition of Atlantic Filter Corporation, a Florida-based water treatment company as part of a an all-cash transaction. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Atlantic Filter joins other AO Smith acquisitions, Aquasana (2016), Hague Quality Water (2017), Water-Right Group (2019) and Master Water Corporation (2021) in the water treatment business in America growing North of the company.

“The acquisition of Atlantic Filter further expands our capabilities in Florida and beyond. AO Smith is committed to growing its water treatment business as part of its strategy to provide innovative and differentiated solutions that heat and treat water,” said Kevin J. Wheeler, president and CEO of The direction.

The third generation family business was founded in 1955 and is based in West Palm Beach, Florida. Atlantic Filter Corporation is a manufacturer and marketer of quality water treatment equipment for residential, commercial, institutional and industrial use. Atlantic Filter products are sold through their dealer located in West Palm Beach.

“Atlantic Filter has a long history of providing effective water treatment solutions, making it a leader in the water industry and an ideal candidate to join the AO Smith family,” said D Samuel Karge, President, AO Smith North American Water Treatment . “Their reputation for quality and their commitment to serving customers with honesty and integrity aligns perfectly with our company values.”

“I am very pleased that the business founded by my father, as well as our family heritage, will continue to thrive with this acquisition,” said James (Jamie) Wakem II, President and CEO of Atlantic Filter Corporation. As a global water solutions company, AO Smith brings deep expertise and resources to our organization, enabling growth that we otherwise could not have penetrated.

Wakem, along with his daughter, Amanda Wakem Moore, will continue to run the Atlantic Filter business and the offices will remain based in West Palm Beach. Moore is a Certified Water Specialist through the Water Quality Association (WQA), serves as Vice Chair of the WQA Board of Directors, and is a mentor for the organization’s Women in Industry mentorship program. She is also a member of the Florida WQA.

Luisa D. Fuller