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Washington, D.C. 20549





Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of report (date of earliest event reported): June 1, 2022



(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)






(State or other jurisdiction

of incorporation or organization)

(Commission file number)

(I.R.S. Employer

Identification No.)

1 Waterview Drive, Shelton, Connecticut



(Address of principal executive offices)


(Zip Code)


Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (203) 254-6060

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Common Stock, $2.50 par value per share




NYSE American


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ITEM 8.01. Other Events.

On June 1, 2022, Acme United Corporation issued a press release announcing that it has acquired the assets of Live Safely Products, LLC. (d/b/a “Safety Made”), a leading manufacturer of first aid kits for the promotional products industry. A copy of the press release is attached as Exhibit 99.1 to this current report.


ITEM 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits

(c)       Exhibits








Press release dated June 1, 2022.



Cover Page Interactive Data File (embedded within the Inline XBRL document).



Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.







/s/  Walter C. Johnsen



Walter C. Johnsen



Chairman and



Chief Executive Officer





Dated: June 1, 2022











/s/  Paul G. Driscoll



Paul G. Driscoll



Vice President and



Chief Financial Officer





Dated: June 1, 2022


Ex 99.1



CONTACT:Paul G. DriscollAcme United Corporation1 Waterview DriveShelton, CT  06484

Phone: (203) 254-6060FAX: (203) 254-6521







SHELTON, CONN. – June 1, 2022 – Acme United Corporation (NYSE American: ACU) today announced that it has acquired the assets of Live Safely Products, LLC. (d/b/a “Safety Made”), a leading manufacturer of first aid kits for the promotional products industry.


Safety Made had revenues in 2021 of approximately $4.9 million and EBITDA of approximately $1.2 million. The purchase price was not disclosed. The acquisition is expected to be accretive immediately.  The company is located in Keene, New Hampshire and employs 24 people.


Walter C. Johnsen, Chairman and CEO, said, “We believe the acquisition of Safety Made provides a platform to expand sales of personalized products to many of Acme United’s domestic and global customers. Although its primary business today is in first aid, we see opportunities in all our product ranges.  


Mr. Johnsen said that he is excited that the founders and management of Safety Made will be joining Acme United. He also looks forward to welcoming all the employees to the Company and building the business in Keene, NH.


           Further information on Safety Made is available at its website www.safetymade.com.


About Acme United

ACME UNITED CORPORATION is a leading worldwide supplier of innovative safety solutions and cutting technology to the school, home, office, hardware, sporting goods and industrial markets. Its leading brands include First Aid Only®,  First Aid Central®,  PhysiciansCare®, Pac-Kit®,Spill Magic®, Westcott®, Clauss®, Camillus®, Cuda®, DMT®, and Med-Nap. For more information, visit www.acmeunited.com.  


Ex 99.1


Forward Looking Statements

The Company may from time to time make written or oral “forward-looking statements” including statements contained in this report and in other communications by the Company, which are made in good faith pursuant to the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements are based on our beliefs as well as assumptions made by and information currently available to us. When used in this document, words like “may,” “might,” “will,” “except,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “potential,” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Actual results could differ materially from our current expectations.


Forward-looking statements in this report, including without limitation, statements related to the Company’s plans, strategies, objectives, expectations, intentions and adequacy of resources, are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Investors are cautioned that such forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that may impact the Company’s business, operations and financial results, including those risks and uncertainties resulting from the global COVID-19 pandemic, future waves of COVID-19, including through the Delta and Omicron variants and any new variant strains of the underlying virus; any future pandemics; the continuing effectiveness, global availability, and public acceptance of existing vaccines; the effectiveness, availability, and public acceptance of vaccines against variant strains of potential new viruses; and the heightened impact the pandemic has on many of the risks described herein, including, without limitation, risks relating to disruptions in our supply chain, and labor shortages, any of which could materially adversely impact the Company’s ability to manufacture, source or distribute its products, both domestically and internationally.


These risks and uncertainties further include, without limitation, the following: (i) changes in the Company’s plans, strategies, objectives, expectations and intentions, which may be made at any time at the discretion of the Company; (ii) the impact of uncertainties in global economic conditions, whether caused by COVID-19 or otherwise, including the


Ex 99.1

impact on the Company’s suppliers and customers; (iii) additional disruptions in the Company’s supply chains, whether caused by COVID-19 or otherwise; (iv) labor shortages and related costs the Company has and may continue to incur, including costs of acquiring and training new employees and rising wages and benefits; (v) the continuing adverse impact of cost inflation; (vi) the Company’s ability to effectively manage its inventory in a rapidly changing business environment, including the additional inventory the Company acquired in anticipation of supply chain disruptions and uncertainties; (vii) changes in client needs and consumer spending habits; (viii) the impact of competition; (ix) the impact of technological changes including, specifically, the growth of online marketing and sales activity; (x) the Company’s ability to manage its growth effectively, including its ability to successfully integrate any business it might acquire; (xi) currency fluctuations; (xii) international trade policies and their impact on demand for our products and our competitive position, including the imposition of new tariffs or changes in existing tariff rates; and (xiii) other risks and uncertainties indicated from time to time in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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