American Sanders, formerly known as Clarke, was founded by Alex A. Clark. Alex was motivated to start the company after encountering poor quality bar tops in the bars he visited. In 1916, he developed the first bar top restorer, which eventually fell out of popularity. However, by adding a pole to the machine, he was able to create the first floor buffer, which served as the foundation for Clarke (now American Sanders). This innovative product helped to establish the company as a leader in the flooring industry, and it has continued to produce high-quality sanding and buffing machines for over 100 years.
During 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. These products helped to drive sales, which reached 9 million annually during this time. Despite this success, Clarke underwent several changes in ownership throughout the 1950s and beyond. Despite these changes, the company has remained a leader in the flooring industry, continuing to produce high-quality sanding and buffing machines for over 100 years.
Currently, American Sanders (formerly Clarke) manufactures floor sanding machines in Sparta, North Carolina for Pioneer Eclipse. The company offers a comprehensive range of flooring machines, including those for hardwood floor restoration and sanding. American Sanders is renowned for its innovative products and commitment to quality and has cemented its position as a leader in the flooring industry. Whether you are a professional or a DIY enthusiast, American Sanders has the tools you need to get the job done right.
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.