AO Smith buys Atlantic Filter Corp

Water technology company AO Smith Corp has acquired Atlantic Filter Corp, a West Palm Beach, Florida-based water treatment company in an all-cash transaction.

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A third-generation, family-owned company, Atlantic Filter is a manufacturer and dealer of water treatment equipment for residential, commercial, institutional and industrial use. Atlantic Filter's products are sold through its retail dealership located in West Palm Beach.

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

Atlantic Filter joins Aquasana, Hague Quality Water, Water-Right Group and Master Water Corp in AO Smith’s growing North America Water Treatment business.

“I am very pleased the business founded by my father, along with our family legacy, will continue to thrive as a result of this acquisition,” said James (Jamie) Wakem II, president and CEO of Atlantic Filter Corp. “As a global water solutions company, AO Smith brings great expertise and resources to our organization, allowing for growth that we would not have otherwise been able to achieve.”

Wakem, along with his daughter Amanda Wakem Moore, will continue to lead 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 President on the Board of Governors of WQA and is a mentor for the organization's Women in Industry Mentoring Program. She is also a member of the Florida WQA.