Rubbermaid to Buy Brush Maker id's board of directors has approved the acquisition of privately held Empire Brushes, Greenville, N.C., for an undisclosed number of Rubbermaid common shares. Empire, with about $65 million in annual revenues, produces brushes, brooms and mops for home and commercial use. Joseph Gantz will continue as president of Empire, which has been managed by three generations of the Gantz family since 1909. The board has also authorized the repurchase of up to 10% of the ...

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