Learn about TopDown, Inc.
Based in North Hollywood, CA, TopDown, Inc. (DBA GAHH Automotive) is a designer, manufacturer, and marketer of aftermarket convertible tops, Jeep tops, seat covers and vehicle interiors. TopDown, Inc. holds one of the leading market positions with an estimated 65% share in the U.S. convertible vehicle tops aftermarket, excluding Jeeps.
Add-On Guidance: TopDown, Inc. will seek to acquire businesses that manufacture or supply similar or complementary products to the end markets referenced above.
Learn about Quikserv
Quikserv is a leading manufacturer of transaction window and drawer systems, including drive-thru / pass-thru window and drawer systems, ticket windows, security windows and drawers, and commercial transaction window and drawer systems. The Company’s installed base of more than 85,000 units encompasses a broad range of customers including restaurants, pharmacies, convenience stores / gas stations, stadiums, municipal and government buildings, schools, healthcare facilities, banks, and other commercial buildings.
Add-On Guidance: Quikserv would seek to acquire businesses greater than $5 million in revenue that manufacture or supply similar or complementary products to the end markets referenced above. Particularly interested in expanding further into commercial and bullet resistant/security market applications.
Learn about Wheat Montana
Wheat Montana is a leading provider of premium, branded mill and bakery products. The Company offers a variety of non-GMO, chemical-free grains and whole grain flours, mixes, and fresh and frozen bread products to retail and wholesale customers throughout the United States.
Add-On Guidance: Milling or baking companies west of the Mississippi – up to $50 million in sales. For bakery, we are interested in sliced bread, buns, and rolls. We are particularly interested in Artisan style breads. We are not interested in desserts, crackers, pita, pizza and biscuits. For milling, we are interested in wheat and white flour, oats, pancake mixes, chia, flax seed, and sprouting.
Learn about Premier Parking
Premier Parking is a technology-focused parking solution company that operates, manages and supports a wide range of industries such as commercial grade office buildings, mixed use facilities, sporting events, stadiums and arenas, valet and special event parking, and hospital and healthcare facility parking.
Add-On Guidance: Premier Parking is seeking to acquire providers of parking management services and valet parking services in complementary geographies and markets including the healthcare, urban, mixed use, cruise, municipal, hospitality, event and office verticals.
Learn about Double E
Double E is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of highly-engineered components for web converting applications. Double E provides a comprehensive product line of web accessory component solutions to more than 7,000 customers in the paper, film, foil, corrugated, packaging, printing and non-woven end markets. The Company’s product lines include core and chucks, core shafts, core plugs, fiberglass cores, rollers, shafted roll stands, and core cutters.
: Double E would seek to acquire businesses that manufacture similar or complementary components for the web converting market with revenues greater than $5 million.
Learn about Weaver Leather
Founded in 1973 and headquartered in Mt. Hope, OH, Weaver is a leading, iconic enthusiast brand of primarily leather and nylon products and accessories marketed into the Western-style equine, pet, arborist, and livestock markets. Known for its superior quality and breadth of products, Weaver manufactures, markets and distributes a broad line of branded and non-branded leather, nylon/synthetic, hardware, and other products and product accessories uniquely designed for its four consumer-focused divisions (equine, livestock, pet, and arborist) – and its wholesale supply division.
Add-On Guidance: Weaver would seek to acquire businesses with a strong brand name selling through Weaver’s core distribution channels with revenues greater than $5 million.
Learn about Action
Grand Rapids, MI
Action Fabricators a premier converter of custom designed flexible materials, including custom made tapes, adhesives, non-adhesive backed foams and other specialty materials for a wide range of applications in the automotive, electronics, appliance, security, furniture and health care industries.
Learn about TMI International, LLC
TMI is a vertically integrated, leading provider of over 3,000 highly engineered products and solutions for commercial and industrial workplace environments. The Company offers products such as industrial strip doors and soft wall curtains, engineered plastics and process isolation systems for cleanrooms and datacenters. In addition, TMI has a broad and diverse customer base, and benefits from a highly recurring demand cycle due to the harsh environments its products serve. River was introduced to the opportunity by an investment bank out of Chicago, IL.
Learn about Rose City Printing and Packaging
Rose City Printing and Packaging is one of the largest independent printing and paperboard packaging converters in the Western United States. The company offers a comprehensive line of folding carton/paperboard box and beverage carrier product offerings as well as structural design, specialty coatings and finishes, quality control, shipping, inventory management, logistics, and customization services. Customers include many well-known brand names in the food and beverage industry. River was introduced to the company by a leading investment bank headquartered in the Pacific Northwest.
Learn about KK Precision, Inc
KK Precision is a leading supplier and manufacturer of complex components for gas turbine engines in the Energy, Aerospace and Defense sectors. The company excels in applying their extensive manufacturing capabilities to product designs, including machining, joining, non-destructive testing, assembly and supply chain management. River Associates was introduced to the opportunity by a boutique investment bank in Boston, MA.
Learn about Industrial Magnetics, Inc
Boyne City, MI
Industrial Magnetics, Inc. is a leading designer and manufacturer of highly engineered customized and standard industrial magnets, including permanent magnets and electromagnets. The Company’s products are used in a wide range of applications including, holding, lifting, fixturing and conveying of metal products as well as removing or recovering metals from a variety of dry or liquid processes. The Company’s customers include MRO suppliers, food processors, manufacturers of conveyors and transportation equipment, construction companies and waste recovery companies. River was introduced to the Company by a Charlotte based investment bank.
Learn about Omega Environmental Technologies
Omega Environmental Technologies is a leading international distributor of aftermarket automotive climate control parts, serving a range of vehicles including automobiles and light trucks, heavy-duty trucks and off-road equipment. The Company carries a complete line of compressors, evaporators, condensers, expansion valves and accumulators. Omega sells its products in over 80 countries. After being introduced to the Company by a Dallas based investment bank, River Associates was selected to partner with the Company’s founder.
Learn about Intelliteach
St. Louis, MO
Intelliteach was acquired as CMS, a market leading provider of legal process outsourcing solutions (LPO) to the legal and accounting markets. The Company is made up of 3 divisions, CMS Management Solutions, iRIS Technology and Intelliteach. With the addition of Intelliteach, the combined entities were rebranded to that name. CMS Management Solutions provides outsourced accounting solutions, which includes accounts receivable management, billing, client intake and cash applications. iRIS Technology provides business intelligence software that is designed to provide law firms insight on how to improve their profitability by increasing their billing/collection realization and reducing their cost. iRIS i3 Business Intelligence package is offered a SaaS model hosted in St Louis. Intelliteach provides IT Help Desk support service to over 100,000 law firm users, in 1,250 offices, in over 400 locations, in 25 countries. Intelliteach has developed IQTrack, a proprietary ticketing and knowledge base software package that manages all client interactions.
Learn about Roscoe Medical
Roscoe Medical is a major manufacturer and distributor of innovative home healthcare products that promote independence and better living in the home. Roscoe Medical’s core product lines include respiratory products, CPAP products, durable medical equipment and pain management products. With three locations serving over 2,800 customers (home medical equipment dealers, buying groups, retailers, chiropractors, and physical therapists) throughout the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico, the company is known for providing quality products at competitive prices with excellent customer support.
Since River Associates’ initial investment into Roscoe Medical, the Company has made two strategic add-on acquisitions—American Bantex and Current Solutions.
Learn about Coining, Inc
Saddle Brook, NJ
Manufactures brazing and soldering preforms used for a variety of joining applications in microelectronics packaging and assembly. The semi-conductor industry is a primary Coining customer. Coining’s products are essentially micro-stampings made from precious metals (primarily gold or silver) that are used to weld other metals. Coining serves 400+ customers in the United States and twenty foreign countries. The company prides itself on offering quality products at competitive prices with exceptionally fast turnaround times. A regional private investment bank near Pittsburgh introduced River to Coining. Via the synergistic add-on acquisition of the SEMX Corporation, Coining also manufactures critical interconnect materials (bonding wire, die attach performs, bond pads and ribbons) which are utilized in automotive electronics, telecommunications, military and medical devices.
Learn about Wheaton Industries
Wheaton produces and markets laboratory instruments and equipment, liquid handling equipment, and specialty glass apparatus (i.e. vials, ampules, containers, instruments, and closures) for general laboratory use, analytical testing, general and specialty chemical and compound storage, cell growth and glass making. River Associates acquired Wheaton, along with the company’s senior management, in a corporate divestiture process from Alcan. The opportunity to acquire Wheaton was originally introduced to River Associates by a mezzanine lender who ultimately provided the mezzanine debt in the acquisition.
Learn about Spectrum Corporation
Spectrum compounds, packages, and markets specialty lubricants including two-cycle engine oil, bar and chain oil, small engine oil and hydraulic oil which are all commonly used in power lawn and garden equipment. Spectrum also blends select automotive lubricants. River Associates partnered with Spectrum’s management team to recapitalize the company from another private equity group and differentiated itself in the recapitalization process by agreeing to complete its due diligence in seven days and close the transaction in thirty days. Since the initial investment by River Associates, Spectrum has completed two strategic add-on acquisitions.
Learn about Boxercraft
Boxercraft is a leading supplier of quality specialty apparel including spiritwear, campus apparel and licensed collegiate apparel. The company’s products are sold principally to decorators (i.e., screen printers and embroiderers) and promotional products distributors, as well as to retail outlets and resorts throughout the U.S. The CEO/founder of Boxercraft selected River Associates as his financial partner after substantial “reverse due diligence” on River Associates, including detailed reference interviews with CEOs from current and former portfolio companies.
Learn about National Deli
National Deli is a leading provider of authentic delicatessen meats, all beef franks and premium cooked beef products. The company’s customers include institutional food service distributors, chain restaurants, hotels & casinos, sports venues and sandwich shops, among others. National Deli partners with its customers to provide the highest quality service and products.
Learn about TrueNet Communications
TrueNet is a leading provider of communications network infrastructures services. The Company specializes in delivering consulting, engineering, installation and technical services to the Broadband, Wireless and Wireline Carrier, Energy and Utility, and corporate and government markets. The Company provides value by offering specialized outsourced services that are uniquely tailored for the needs of its customers.
Learn about Lucent Polymers
Lucent is a market-leading compounder of recycled engineering grade and other plastic resins. Lucent specializes in sourcing off-grade and scrap plastic which it reformulates into resin compounds that can substitute for prime, or “virgin”, resin compounds at substantial cost savings. Lucent’s business model is based on leveraging its scale and sourcing relationships and its flexible manufacturing capabilities to be the low cost producer across all its product lines. Lucent serves a diverse customer base including industrial, consumer and automotive end markets. Lucent was introduced to River Associates by a leading buy side intermediary firm based on the West Coast.
Learn about Consolidated Utility Services, Inc (CUS)
CUS provides a full spectrum of world-class utility damage prevention process services and solutions, including underground utility locating, one call management, and sub surface utility engineering services. The Company provides value to its customers by offering an outsourced solution for these non-core activities. Through its ProMark and Great Plains Locating subsidiaries, Consolidated’s field technicians detect and mark the presence of millions of buried utility and telecom facilities every year. Through its Great Plains One Call subsidiary, Consolidated operates customer service and call centers that serve as clearinghouses for locate requests made in accordance with state “call before you dig” laws. Through its North American Locating subsidiary, Consolidated provides sub-surface utility engineering services, which represent a convergence of detection, mapping, marking, planning and non-destructive excavation techniques. The Company also provides value to its customers through outsourced records management, data management, field audit and survey services. The Company’s primary markets are in the East, Southeast, Mid-West and Plains States.
Learn about Signature Special Event Services, LLC
Signature Special Event Services, LLC is one of the largest fully-integrated special events rental businesses in the United States. The company provides customers with tents, climate controlled heating and cooling equipment, power generation and distribution equipment and a wide variety of ancillary equipment including flooring, carpeting, staging, and temporary kitchens. Customers include major sporting events such as the U.S. Open golf tournament, large corporate events and smaller local events such as weddings and graduations. Signature has branches in Maryland, North Carolina, Florida and California. After being introduced to the company by a Baltimore based investment broker, River Associates partnered with management to acquire the company from its parent, United Rentals North America. The company was grown substantially via a California add-on acquisition and an expanded focus on disaster relief serves.
Learn about A World of Tile, LLC
A World of Tile is a chain of retail tile stores. Focused exclusively on stone, ceramic and porcelain tile, A World of Tile buys directly from foreign and domestic tile manufacturers allowing the company to compete with building centers and wholesale distributors. The company further distinguishes itself by maintaining an inventory that is both up to date, extensive and includes exclusive patterns. River Associates partnered with the company founders and an operating executive to effect a recapitalization transaction. Subsequent to the initial investment, the company opened multiple new stores in Arizona and Texas.
Learn about Liberty Wire and Cable
Colorado Springs, CO
Liberty Wire and Cable is a premier global supplier of a complete line of wire and cable products along with connectors and connector systems, cable assemblies, interconnects and a broad range of related accessories. Core products are sold primarily for audio/video and security applications to customers serving the residential, commercial and broadcast industries as well as selected OEM’s. River Associates partnered with the company founders to effect a recapitalization in September of 2004 thanks to a regional investment bank based in Denver, CO.
Learn about Terra Renewal Services
TRS is a leading provider of sludge management services to a variety of industries including poultry, paper, agriculture, food processing, animal food and waste recycling as well as municipalities and utilities.River Associates partnered with the company owners to recapitalize the business and provide company shareholders with substantial on-going equity ownership. The company continued its history of profitable growth and geographic expansion, and River Associates eventually exited the company through a recapitalization effected by a financial buyer.
Learn about Burner Systems International
Burner Systems, a company under the holding company Gas Component Group, is a manufacturer of gas delivery system components (i.e. valves, manifolds, tubing, and burners) for gas appliances such as ranges, grills, and boilers. GasCo has plants in U.S., Mexico, France, England and Turkey.
Learn about WRS Infrastructure & Environment, Inc
WRS is an environmental remediation, construction, consulting and engineering company serving both the governmental and industrial markets. The company has multiple locations throughout the country. The company was acquired as a management led “spin-off” from Westinghouse Corporation. After working with shareholder management to refocus the company on core profitable business, River Associates exited WRS.
Learn about Tooling Technology, LLC
Ft. Laramie, OH
Tooling manufactures cast aluminum molds primarily for the plastic thermoforming industry and specializes in large custom molds for automotive and other industrial applications. River Associates partnered with the company’s president to effect a recapitalization. After several add-on acquisitions to the Tooling platform, River Associates exited the company.
Learn about Eagle-United Truck Wash, LLC
Oak Grove, MO
Located in Oak Grove, Missouri, Eagle-United provides truck wash services at various locations throughout the U.S.
Learn about Blue Ridge Acquisition, LLC
Located in Ellijay, Georgia, Blue Ridge is a manufacturer of broadloom carpet, specialty rugs and mats for schools, hospitals and corporate offices.
Learn about Interior Logic Holding Company
Comprised of multiple companies, including Jaymar, that manufactured medium priced, custom ordered, contemporary and transitional leather and fabric seating products for residential and contract customers. The Companies also manufactured metal dinette sets, wood glider rockers and unfinished furniture.
Learn about BSC Ventures, LLC
BSC is a manufacturer of custom envelope and file folders, accessory products for medical imaging markets and bind-in order forms for the catalog industry.
Learn about Monterey’s Acquisition Corp.
Monterey is a full service chain of Mexican restaurants which targets the moderate to lower end price niche. The restaurants are located in Texas and Oklahoma.
Learn about SDI Holdings Corp.
Located in Glasgow, Delaware, SDI is a manufacturer and marketer of medical imaging film and film processing equipment. Products include x-ray film, video film, laser film and electronic imaging systems.
Learn about Advanced Photographic Solutions, LLC
APS is an independent wholesale photo finishing operation for professional photographers. Independent school photographers represent the company’s largest customer segment. River Associates was familiar with the company and its owners due to its close proximity to Chattanooga. River partnered with management to acquire the company out of Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 1995.
Learn about Capitol USA Group
Capitol manufactures and distributes a wide range of flooring installation related accessories including carpet-binding tape, adhesives, synthetic flooring cushion and tack strip. The initial platform company of ESHCO was acquired in partnership with an operating executive. Four add-on acquisitions were subsequently effected which substantially increased sales and profits.
Learn about Southwest Recreational Industries, Inc.
While exploring the opportunity to acquire AstroTurf Industries out of Chapter 11, River was introduced to Southwest Recreational Industries, Inc. Southwest was the #2 company (AstroTurf #1) specializing in the installation of synthetic running tracks and synthetic playing fields. River acquired 50% of Southwest and used it as a vehicle to acquire AstroTurf. The combined entity ultimately became the largest designer, manufacturer and installer of synthetic playing fields and tracks in the world. Management realized significant cost savings after the merger as AstoTurf quickly returned to profitability.
Learn about W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery Co
W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery Company is an American manufacturer of premium, hand-crafted knives that are passed down for generations. Based in Bradford, Pennsylvania, Case’s offerings cover a wide range of product categories, from traditional folding pocket knives and fixed blade sporting knives to limited production commemoratives and collectables.
Learn about Cady Industries, Inc.
Cady is a leading producer of a broad range of synthetic fabric products to a wide variety of markets including the agricultural, textile and construction industries. Cady was introduced to River Associates by an accomplished operator who was seeking a financial partner to acquire Cady. During its investment period, River helped management complete two add-on acquisitions and a major plant expansion. These efforts produced a 100% increase in sales and nearly a 200% increase in profits.
Industrial Technology Group, Inc.
Learn about Industrial Technology Group, Inc.
Rocky Mount, NC
The Company, headquartered in Rocky Mount, NC, sells and services a standard line of electric motors ranging from 1/2 horsepower to 250 horsepower and building and servicing custom motors up to 5,000 horsepower. The Company also distributes additional product lines related to power transmission products.
United Knitting, Inc
Learn about United Knitting, Inc
United Knitting produces an extensive line of innovative, high performance stretch fabrics for body wear, swimwear, athletic/active wear, branded sportswear and intimate apparel. River Associates acquired a position in the company through a buy out of two of the four partners with the remaining partners continuing to run the company.
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