Trusted. Reliable. Efficient. The history of Clarke.
The 1950s saw a steady stream of inventions, as Clarke developed new ways to clean and maintain floors—including the industry’s first battery-powered scrubber, a durable rental sander and the tough, all-purpose Clarke® Floor Maintainer. By decade’s end Clarke had hit $9 million in sales and had become an industry leader in commercial cleaning machines.
By 1988, Clarke was headquartered in its current home of Springdale, Arkansas with a broad portfolio of trusted, reliable cleaning equipment and other machines. And by 1996, Clarke—as part of ALTO U.S, Inc.—was one of the largest manufacturers of cleaning equipment in the world.
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Throughout its history, Clarke has been a leader in new product innovation and development. This entrepreneurial spirit is alive today with our focus on creating durable, long-lasting products that make cleaning easier, faster and more sustainable.
Key product milestones in the history of Clarke
Introduction of the PS26/PS30 Electric, Gas and Propane Floor Scrubbers and DU-8 Rental Sander
Introduction of the first battery powered floor scrubber, the Clarke-A-Matic BP 20
Introduction of the Clarke® FM Floor Maintainer
TB Series Automatic Scrubbers
First dual motor upright vacuum cleaner, the Model 550
First wide-area vacuum, the 580 SpaceVac
First carpet extractor, the 903 Super Steamer
Clarke produces the 1 millionth FM Floor Maintainer
Leader Automatic Scrubber Series
Vision Automatic Scrubber Series
Encore Automatic Scrubber Series
Wash & Rinse Carpet Extraction Technology
Clarke® Rider Scrubber Technology with Joystick Control
BOOST® Orbital Scrubbing Technology for Automatic Scrubbers
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