Clarke, now known as American Sanders, was founded by Alex A. Clark. Alex was inspired to start the company after being dissatisfied with the poor quality of bar tops in the bars he visited. In 1916, he created the first bar top restorer, which eventually became less popular. By adding a pole to the machine, however, he was able to create the first-floor buffer, which became the foundation of Clarke (now American Sanders).
In the 1950s, Clarke experienced significant growth and innovation, introducing new products such as the FM Floor Maintainer, the DU-8 Rental Sander, and the first battery-operated auto scrubber, the Clarke-A-Matic. Sales continued to rise during this time, reaching 9 million annually. Clarke underwent several changes in ownership throughout the 1950s and beyond.
Today, American Sanders (formerly Clarke) produces floor sanding machines in Sparta, North Carolina for Pioneer Eclipse. The company offers a full lineup of flooring machines, including those for hardwood floor restoration and sanding. American Sanders is well known for its innovative products and commitment to quality and has established itself as a leader in the flooring industry.
Notable Days in History:
1959 – Clarke is acquired by Studebaker and introduced the FM Floor Maintainer.
1965 – First Dual Motor Upright Vacuum Cleaner, the Model 550.
1971 – Clarke produces the 1,000,000th FM Floor Maintainer.
2015 – American Sanders and Pioneer Eclipse launched the TimberGuard line of water-based hardwood floor products.