Kirkland, WA, January 27, 2020 — The water purification company that started as a small water purifying machine in the late 1950s is now the world’s largest water purifiers.
Kirkland Pure Water announced Monday that it will purchase San Francisco-based Kinkos, which produces its own purified water and will use the Kirkland brand of water purifications.
The company said the new deal will help it expand its operations in the Seattle area.
The Kirkland-San Francisco deal is expected to close in the first quarter of 2020, according to a company press release.
Kirklands is known for producing water filters and bottled water and it also makes water puritizers.
The San Francisco company was founded in 1962 by an Army veteran named Richard “Rick” Kinko, who was an early supporter of the Green Mountain Institute.
Kirkmans founder, Richard Kinkovics, died in 2016.
Kirkmans purification equipment is owned by a nonprofit organization, the Kirkman Institute for Sustainable Aquaculture and Aquacultural Technology, which is overseen by the National Aquatic Federation.
Kirk is known as a pioneer of water filtration technology and the company was among the first to make water purifyers that were able to remove water contaminants, including heavy metals, pesticides and lead.
Kirkmans water purifers are known for their effectiveness in removing some of the most toxic contaminants such as PCBs, which can harm children.