Washington, D.C.  20549






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Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported) May 22, 2018



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Item 5.02 Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.


On May 22, 2018, Tennant Company (the “Company”) announced that Jeffrey C. Moorefield will cease to be employed by the Company in the position of Senior Vice President, Global Operations effective June 30, 2018 and his employment will continue in a non-executive role until the earlier of December 31, 2018 or the date Mr. Moorefield chooses to separate from employment with the Company after June 30, 2018.  After termination of his employment with the Company, Mr. Moorefield will return to his home state.  The circumstances of Mr. Moorefield’s termination entitle him to certain severance pay and benefits.  The Compensation Committee of the Company’s Board of Directors approved a transition agreement with Mr. Moorefield that provides the following severance pay and benefits to Mr. Moorefield in connection with termination of his employment, all of which are subject to Mr. Moorefield signing and not revoking a general release of claims in favor of the Company and his continued compliance with certain confidentiality, non-competition and non-solicitation covenants:  (i) severance pay and benefit amounts consistent with his employment agreement in connection with an involuntary termination without cause, with the base salary severance amount payable in installments commencing January 1, 2019, and Mr. Moorefield will be entitled to his 2018 short-term incentive plan award based on the Company’s actual performance for the full year (but no greater than the target payout), which amount will not be prorated for the portion of the year he was employed even if his employment ends before December 31, 2018, (ii) the Company will reimburse Mr. Moorefield’s (a) reasonable moving expenses up to a total of $5,000 and (b) rent and reasonable lease termination expenses, (iii) the Company will accelerate the vesting to the effective date of Mr. Moorefield’s termination of 1,474 restricted shares previously granted to him which would otherwise vest on February 26, 2019, and (iv) the Company will give Mr. Moorefield immediate access to outplacement services through a vendor to be selected by the Company.






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.



Tennant Company




Date: May 25, 2018


/s/ Thomas Paulson



Thomas Paulson



Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer