NOTEBOOK: Hilltip Gains US Manufacturing Foothold

Acquisition of Ft. Wayne, Ind.-based metal fabricator will increase winter equipment manufacture's product and storage capacity.


Snow and ice management professionals who are fans of Hilltip’s line of of snowplows, spreaders, de-icing sprayers, and pavement sweepers, may be happy to hear the recent news that the company has gained a manufacturing foothold here in the states.

Hilltip recently announced it has strengthened its expansion into the North American contractor market with the acquisition of Fort Wayne, Indiana-based Industrial Metal Products, which will allow the Finland-based maker of road maintenance equipment to manufacture in North America.

In addition to increased production and storage capacity, Hilltip announced it will establish staff resources and a customer service team to better serve US and Canadian dealers and customers.

“We are now able to manufacture all our industry-leading products in the United States and distribute throughout North America,” said Craig Sandmann, Managing Director of Hilltip, Inc. North America, in a statement. “This includes our complete line of spreaders, sprayers, and brooms, as well as established Hilltip products lines we have yet to offer domestically.”

Industrial Metal Products will continue production and development of its existing product line as a separate division of Hilltip, and it will still carry the Industrial Truck Beds brand name.

“With 20 years of experience in the truck equipment industry, Industrial Metal Products has a lot of brand equity,” added Sandmann. “We anticipate growing the Industrial Metal Products brand and business while expanding Hilltip’s North American footprint with our innovative winter maintenance technologies. The synergies between our management teams and dealer networks provide tremendous opportunities for both product lines. It’s an exciting development for our employees, dealers, and customers.”

Headquartered in Pietarsaari, Finland, Hilltip Oy opened its U.S.-based subsidiary, Hilltip Corp., in 2020. The company has been actively introducing its product line to the North American snow and ice management market.

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