Defunct DPF-maker Cleaire acquired by ESW CleanTech

By Charlie Morasch, Land Line contributing writer | 5/24/2013

A Pennsylvania-based technology company has purchased the remains of the diesel particulate filter manufacturer that became famous for starting two fires – including one fought by nuns armed with buckets of water.

Environmental Solutions Worldwide Inc., of Montgomeryville, PA, has announced its acquisition of Cleaire Advanced Emissions Controls of San Diego, CA.

A news release from ESW CleanTech said the Cleaire property will come under a newly formed corporate subsidiary of Environmental Solutions Worldwide, Inc., called ESW CleanTech. ESW CleanTech’s business with Cleaire DPFs will be conducted out of a San Diego, CA office.

ESW CleanTech said the April sale of Cleaire included a “purchase price of $1.4 million plus a portion of gross profit realized on a certain purchase order.”

In Sept. 2011, a spark kicked from a big rig started a 3,600-acre forest fire that destroyed 100 structures and displaced hundreds of Washington residents. The Washington State Department of Natural Resources investigated and blamed the fire on a DPF made by Cleaire. The fire’s total cost was estimated at $5.2 million.

That fire was fought by a group of nuns working a bucket line before they were eventually replaced by more than 800 firefighters.

A second fire in Aug. 2012 burned three acres of brush land and again was blamed on a Cleaire DPF. The second fire prompted CARB to order the suspension of all sales and installations of the Cleaire LongMile DPF model and appeared to spell the beginning of Cleaire’s demise.

In October, 2012, CARB issued a statement regarding the failure of Cleaire’s LongMile DPF.

“Findings have shown a failure of the engine’s turbocharger occurred, resulting in significant amounts of oil being released into the engine’s exhaust system, which ignited and melted the LongMile’s metal core,” CARB said then.

Environmental Solutions Worldwide Executive Chairman Mark Yung said in the release the company is glad it purchased Cleaire.

“The assets acquired from Cleaire are complementary to the company’s existing business and we intend to work to realize synergies form this acquisition,” Yung said, according to the release.

CARB issued its own announcement about Cleaire’s sale, saying it would continue to work with “owners, installers, and distributors of Cleaire products to provide continued support for their systems.”

“ESW CleanTech is committed to providing technical and warranty support to Cleaire customers for their Cleaire products,” CARB said in the announcement on its website. “ESW CleanTech will also remove all remaining original metal cores from LongMile systems.”

CARB said ESW CleanTech has established a Cleaire product support hotline available at 800-398-6105.

Environmental Solutions Worldwide operates an emissions testing laboratory the company says is capable of certifying and verifying testing for the California Air Resources Board and the EPA.

The parent company is publicly traded and works in the “design, development, manufacturing, testing and sales of technologies for the environmental control, military and OEM sectors,” the release states.

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