Private Equity

Since 1990, AEA’s middle market and small business private equity funds have invested in the following companies within its core sectors – Specialty Chemicals, Consumer / Retail, Value-Added Industrial Products, and Services.

2017-09-28 services Barnet Products Corporation
September 2017
Barnet Products Corporation
Englewood Cliffs, NJ

A leading value-added distributor, developer and marketer of specialty cosmetic ingredients to the global beauty and personal care market.

2017-09-25 consumer-products-retail Traeger Pellet Grills Holdings, LLC
September 2017
Consumer / Retail
Traeger Pellet Grills Holdings, LLC
Salt Lake City, UT

A leading designer and marketer of premium outdoor cooking products including wood pellet grills, wood pellets, and related cooking sauces and accessories.

2017-06-19 consumer-products-retail Melissa & Doug, LLC
June 2017
Consumer / Retail
Melissa & Doug, LLC
Wilton, CT

A leading cross-category provider of branded specialty toys across the independent, big-box and e-commerce retail channels.

2017-04-29 services National Carwash Solutions
April 2017
National Carwash Solutions
Grimes, Iowa

A leading provider of carwash services and equipment in North America.

2016-11-30 services TricorBraun Holdings, Inc.
November 2016
TricorBraun Holdings, Inc.
St. Louis, MO

A leading distributor of rigid plastic and glass bottles and closures to a diverse customer base in attractive end market segments including personal care, health care, food, wine, industrial chemicals, and household cleaners.

2016-08-19 value-added-industrials Omega Acquisition Corporation
August 2016
Value-Added Industrial Products
Omega Acquisition Corporation
Irving, TX

A leading distributor and assembler of branded and private label aftermarket climate control components for a broad range of vehicles, including automobiles and light trucks, heavy duty trucks, off-road/agricultural equipment, and specialty vehicles.

2016-08-02 services SGLT Holdings
August 2016
SGLT Holdings
Copenhagen, Denmark

A leading international freight forwarding and logistics platform that provides its customers customized, complex, high touch solutions.

2016-06-10 value-added-industrials VC GB Holdings, Inc.
June 2016
Value-Added Industrial Products
VC GB Holdings, Inc.

A leading provider of decorative and functional lighting products, serving the mid-tier and premium residential and commercial markets.

February 2017  
Savannah, GA
February 2017  
Houston, TX
June 2016  
Skokie, IL
2016-01-22 consumer-products-retail 1-800 Contacts, Inc.
January 2016
Consumer / Retail
1-800 Contacts, Inc.
Draper, Utah

The largest retailer of contact lenses in the United States.

2016-01-04 value-added-industrials IGL Holdings
January 2016
Value-Added Industrial Products
IGL Holdings
Arlington, Texas

Holding company for a strategy to consolidate the large and fragmented specialty (decorative) label and flexible packaging converter market through a decentralized acquisition strategy. The acquired companies serve small to medium sized brands in a diverse set of consumable product end markets.

2015-11-17 value-added-industrials Balboa Water Group, LLC
November 2015
Value-Added Industrial Products
Balboa Water Group, LLC
Tustin, CA

A leading global supplier of electronic control systems and equipment for the spa, bath and shower segments of the leisure water industry.

2015-10-01 consumer-products-retail ThreeSixty Group, Ltd.
October 2015
Consumer / Retail
ThreeSixty Group, Ltd.
Irvine, CA

A leading provider of branded merchandising programs to retailers, offering high-velocity, low priced consumer products and accessories to leading retail customers in the department store, drug, mass, club and specialty channels.

2015-02-27 value-added-industrials Flow Control Group
February 2015
Value-Added Industrial Products
Flow Control Group
Charlotte, NC

A leading distributor of process control and fluid handling products in the Mid-Atlantic and Southern U.S.

2014-10-22 value-added-industrials Pro Mach Group, Inc.
October 2014
Value-Added Industrial Products
Pro Mach Group, Inc.
Cincinnati, OH

A leading provider of automated packaging machinery solutions and related aftermarket products that drive efficiency and increase packaging line performance for diverse food, beverage, pharmaceutical, consumer goods and industrial goods companies.

2014-05-30 consumer-products-retail 24 Hour Fitness Worldwide, Inc.
May 2014
Consumer / Retail
24 Hour Fitness Worldwide, Inc.
San Ramon, CA

A leading player in the fitness club industry with 412 clubs in 18 states and 28+ markets, maintaining the #1 market share position across all core markets.

2014-05-30 services value-added-industrials Galco Industrial Electronics, Inc.
May 2014
Value-Added Industrial Products
Galco Industrial Electronics, Inc.
Madison Heights, MI

A leading direct marketer of industrial electronic components focused on control and automation product categories primarily serving maintenance and repair applications.

2014-04-01 value-added-industrials GMS Inc.
April 2014
Value-Added Industrial Products
GMS Inc.
Tucker, GA

The leading U.S. distributor of wallboard, acoustical products (primarily ceiling tile and ceiling grid), and related specialty building products.

2014-01-15 value-added-industrials Evoqua Water Technologies
January 2014
Value-Added Industrial Products
Evoqua Water Technologies
Pittsburgh, PA

A leader in water and wastewater treatment products, systems and services for industrial and municipal customers.

2013-05-30 consumer-products-retail Brand Networks
May 2013
Consumer / Retail
Brand Networks
Boston, MA

The leading technology-enabled, value-added marketing services provider that helps brands effectively market to and engage customers on online social networks.

2013-05-21 services Aramsco Holdings, Inc.
May 2013
Aramsco Holdings, Inc.
Paulsboro, NJ

A leading distributor of safety products and supplies to specialty contractors.

2013-01-02 consumer-products-retail Suhyang Networks
January 2013
Consumer / Retail
Suhyang Networks
Seoul, South Korea

The leading branded premium children’s wear retailers in Korea.

2012-12-28 value-added-industrials Dematic
December 2012
Value-Added Industrial Products
Atlanta, GA

The leading global provider of automated material handling equipment.

2012-10-26 services value-added-industrials Sparrows Group
October 2012
Value-Added Industrial Products
Sparrows Group
Aberdeen, United Kingdom

A global market leader in the provision of mission critical services to the offshore oil & gas industry.

2012-10-19 services NES Global Talent
October 2012
NES Global Talent
Manchester, United Kingdom

Leading global provider of specialist white collar personnel to the global oil and gas, power, and infrastructure markets.

2012-10-01 value-added-industrials Swanson Industries, Inc.
October 2012
Value-Added Industrial Products
Swanson Industries, Inc.
Morgantown, WV

A leading provider specializing in manufacture, supply, and repair of hydraulic components, especially for fluid power, mining, and construction industries.

2012-06-01 services Evans Network
June 2012
Evans Network
Schuylkill Haven, PA

A leading transportation services firm focused on supporting agents and drivers that coordinate and haul intermodal freight.

2012-05-31 value-added-industrials Industrial Acoustics Company
May 2012
Value-Added Industrial Products
Industrial Acoustics Company
Winchester, United Kingdom

Leading global provider of engineered noise and acoustic control solutions and test facilities to various industries, including energy & power, industrial, commercial construction, aviation, and automotive end markets.

2012-05-04 value-added-industrials Dayton Parts
May 2012
Value-Added Industrial Products
Dayton Parts
Harrisburg, PA

A leading U.S. provider of spring undercarriage and suspension aftermarket parts to the heavy duty truck industry.

2011-12-01 services value-added-industrials SBP Holding LP (Singer Bishop)
December 2011
Value-Added Industrial Products
SBP Holding LP (Singer Bishop)
Glen Burnie, MD

A leading value-added distributor of industrial rubber products and wire rope & rigging products primarily operating in the Eastern United States.

2011-10-05 consumer-products-retail At Home
October 2011
Consumer / Retail
At Home
Dallas, TX

A big box specialty retailer of home décor products.

2010-11-10 services specialty-chemicals RelaDyne, Inc.
November 2010
Specialty Chemicals
RelaDyne, Inc.
Cincinnati, OH

A leading distributor of lubricants and fuel and a leading provider of field reliability services in the US.

2010-10-10 value-added-industrials BOA Group
October 2010
Value-Added Industrial Products
BOA Group
Karlsruhe, Germany

A leading manufacturer of flexible metal components for various industrial and automotive applications.

2010-08-31 value-added-industrials LoneStar Group
August 2010
Value-Added Industrial Products
LoneStar Group
Wolverhampton, United Kingdom

A leading global provider of customized high-performance metal fasteners, flow-control components and gaskets to the global oil & gas, and power generation industries.

2010-07-10 consumer-products-retail Shoes for Crews, Inc.
July 2010
Consumer / Retail
Shoes for Crews, Inc.
West Palm Beach, FL

The leading manufacturer, marketer and distributor of slip-resistant footwear, with the leading position in the U.S. restaurant and foodservice industries.

2010-04-01 services Cogent Healthcare
April 2010
Cogent Healthcare
Canton, OH

A leading and rapidly growing provider of outsourced hospitalist programs to acute care facilities and community hospitals across the United States.

2010-02-03 consumer-products-retail services Phillips Pet Food & Supplies
February 2010
Consumer / Retail
Phillips Pet Food & Supplies
Easton, PA

An industry leading pet food and pet products distributor serving the Eastern, Midwestern, and Western United States.

2009-11-02 services Sextant Education Corp.
November 2009
Sextant Education Corp.
Fort Myers, FL

A nationally accredited postsecondary educational institution offering Bachelor, Associate, and Diploma programs.

2009-10-06 consumer-products-retail Northern China German Automotive
October 2009
Consumer / Retail
Northern China German Automotive
Beijing, China

Owner of a network of existing and pipeline luxury car dealerships across China.

2008-12-01 services Troxell Communications, Inc.
December 2008
Troxell Communications, Inc.
Phoenix, AZ

The largest distributor of audio-visual products serving the K-12 and higher education markets throughout the United States.

2008-08-05 services B.I. Incorporated
August 2008
B.I. Incorporated
Boulder, CO

Works with federal, state and local government agencies to improve public safety at a reduced cost.

2008-05-19 consumer-products-retail Implus Footcare, LLC
May 2008
Consumer / Retail
Implus Footcare, LLC
Durham, NC

A leading designer, distributor and marketer of footwear accessories.

2008-02-08 services SRS Distribution Inc.
February 2008
SRS Distribution Inc.
McKinney, TX

One of the largest roofing distributors in the nation.

2007-12-01 specialty-chemicals Houghton International, Inc.
December 2007
Specialty Chemicals
Houghton International, Inc.
Valley Forge, PA

A leading global manufacturer of specialty chemicals used in metalworking processing applications.

2007-07-01 services National Rehab Equipment, Inc.
July 2007
National Rehab Equipment, Inc.
Moon Township, PA

A leading direct-to-consumer distributor of wound care and related services and products.

2007-07-01 services Colony Hardware Corporation
July 2007
Colony Hardware Corporation
Orange, CT

A route-based distributor of tools, safety equipment, and supplies serving the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic non-residential construction markets.

2006-12-01 services value-added-industrials Industrial Controls
December 2006
Value-Added Industrial Products
Industrial Controls
Eatontown, NJ

A leading independent distributor of process controls, HVAC controls, and automated industrial valves in the Midwest and eastern-regions of the United States primarily serving the maintenance, repair, and overhaul market and selling to installers, contractors and end-users directly.

2006-07-28 services Acosta, Inc.
July 2006
Acosta, Inc.
Jacksonville, FL

The largest national sales and marketing agent for consumer packaged goods companies.

2006-05-02 value-added-industrials Unifrax Corporation
May 2006
Value-Added Industrial Products
Unifrax Corporation
Niagara Falls, NY

A leading provider of high temperature insulating fiber products for thermal management applications.

2006-03-01 value-added-industrials PPC Industries, Inc.
March 2006
Value-Added Industrial Products
PPC Industries, Inc.
Pleasant Prairie, WI

A manufacturer of specialty plastic solutions for medical/pharmaceutical, food processing, and niche industrial applications.

2005-10-12 value-added-industrials Pregis Corporation
October 2005
Value-Added Industrial Products
Pregis Corporation
Deerfield, IL

A leading international manufacturer and supplier of protective packaging products and specialty packaging solutions.

2005-08-01 consumer-products-retail value-added-industrials PLZ Aeroscience Corporation
August 2005
Consumer / Retail
Value-Added Industrial Products
PLZ Aeroscience Corporation
St. Clair, MO

PLZ Aeroscience Corporation is composed of two divisions: Plaze, Inc. and Claire-Sprayway, Inc. The Plaze division is a full-service outsourced contract packager of aerosol products. Plaze serves consumer and institutional products companies that outsource the formulation, filling and packaging of their aerosol products. The Claire-Sprayway division is a leading manufacturer and marketer of branded and private label aerosol cleaning agents, disinfectants, air fresheners, adhesives, lubricants, insecticides and automotive detail products.

2005-05-10 value-added-industrials CPG International Inc.
May 2005
Value-Added Industrial Products
CPG International Inc.
Scranton, PA

A leading manufacturer and fabricator of highly-engineered, extruded, thick-gauge plastic products designed to replace wood and metal in a variety of building materials and industrial applications.

2005-04-01 value-added-industrials Henry Company
April 2005
Value-Added Industrial Products
Henry Company
El Segundo, CA

A leading manufacturer of premium-branded roofing and roof maintenance products.

2005-02-01 consumer-products-retail services In the Swim
February 2005
Consumer / Retail
In the Swim
Chicago, IL

The largest direct marketer of swimming pool supplies to residential and commercial consumers in the United States.

2004-07-30 services Kranson Industries, Inc.
July 2004
Kranson Industries, Inc.
St. Louis, MO

A leading distributor of rigid plastic and glass bottles and closures to a diverse customer base in attractive end market segments including personal care, health care, food, wine, industrial chemicals, and household cleaners.

2004-06-04 value-added-industrials Convenience Food Systems B.V.
June 2004
Value-Added Industrial Products
Convenience Food Systems B.V.
Düsseldorf, Germany

A leading global player in the protein-based (meat, fish, and cheese) convenience food processing and packaging equipment industry.

2003-11-07 consumer-products-retail Burt’s Bees, Inc.
November 2003
Consumer / Retail
Burt’s Bees, Inc.
Durham, NC

A leading manufacturer and marketer of natural personal care products.

2003-02-01 specialty-chemicals Symrise AG
February 2003
Specialty Chemicals
Symrise AG
Holzminden, Germany

One of the world’s largest manufacturers of flavors, fragrances, cosmetic ingredients and aroma chemicals.

2001-02-28 specialty-chemicals Noveon International Inc.
February 2001
Specialty Chemicals
Noveon International Inc.
Cleveland, OH

A leading global developer, producer and marketer of technologically advanced specialty chemicals for a broad range of consumer and industrial applications.

1999-12-30 specialty-chemicals Sovereign Specialty Chemicals Inc.
December 1999
Specialty Chemicals
Sovereign Specialty Chemicals Inc.
Chicago, Illinois

A leading developer and supplier of high-performance specialty adhesives, sealants and coatings.

1999-11-15 consumer-products-retail Tampico Beverages, Inc.
November 1999
Consumer / Retail
Tampico Beverages, Inc.
Chicago, Illinois

One of the leading suppliers of value-added juice drink concentrates in the world under the Tampico brand name.

1999-02-15 consumer-products-retail services Li & Fung (Distribution) Limited
February 1999
Consumer / Retail
Li & Fung (Distribution) Limited
Hong Kong, China

An Asia-based trading group that provides a broad range of services for companies selling and distributing goods into Asia, including logistics and distribution services, marketing services and contract packaging.

1997-11-06 consumer-products-retail Rand McNally & Company
November 1997
Consumer / Retail
Rand McNally & Company
Skokie, IL

An American publisher of maps, atlases, textbooks, and globes for travel, reference, commercial, and educational uses.

1996-11-01 value-added-industrials Dal-Tile International Inc.
November 1996
Value-Added Industrial Products
Dal-Tile International Inc.
Dallas, TX

One of the US’s largest makers of ceramic tiles, Dal-Tile sells its floor, wall, quarry, and mosaic tiles under the Daltile and American Olean brand names.

1996-10-01 value-added-industrials Mettler-Toledo International Inc.
October 1996
Value-Added Industrial Products
Mettler-Toledo International Inc.
Columbus, OH

World’s largest manufacturer of precision weighing and measuring instruments for use in laboratory, industrial, and food retailing applications and several related instrumentation technologies.

1996-08-01 value-added-industrials Manchester Tank & Equipment Co.
August 1996
Value-Added Industrial Products
Manchester Tank & Equipment Co.
Bedford, IN

Largest North American manufacturer of gas grill cylinders, propane gas tanks, air receivers, and recreational vehicle and forklift cylinders and tanks for the containment of propane, compressed air, and certain chemicals.

1995-06-01 consumer-products-retail Graco Children’s Products
June 1995
Consumer / Retail
Graco Children’s Products
Atlanta, Georgia

Largest manufacturer of juvenile furniture in the United States. The company makes strollers, play yards, swings, walkers, high chairs, and related products.

1994-08-01 value-added-industrials Waters Corporation
August 1994
Value-Added Industrial Products
Waters Corporation
Parsippany, NJ

World’s largest manufacturer and marketer of high-performance liquid chromatography instruments and related consumable products. The company has operations in 28 countries.

1993-12-01 value-added-industrials Sola International Inc.
December 1993
Value-Added Industrial Products
Sola International Inc.
San Diego, CA

World’s largest manufacturer and distributor of plastic eyeglass lenses, operating in the United States, Europe, Asia, Australia, and South America.

1993-12-01 services North Arundel Cable Television
December 1993
North Arundel Cable Television
Millersville, MD

A cable television system operator that provides television services to communities located in the northern portion of Anne Arundel County, Maryland.

1992-08-01 consumer-products-retail Berol
August 1992
Consumer / Retail
Lichfield, England

A British company that manufactured pencils, pens and other stationery items.

1992-05-01 consumer-products-retail Leiner Health Products Inc.
May 1992
Consumer / Retail
Leiner Health Products Inc.
Carson, CA

Largest massmarket focused manufacturer of vitamins, minerals, and nutritional supplements in the United States, selling its products under both private label and the Your Life brand.

1991-04-01 value-added-industrials Specialty Coatings International
April 1991
Value-Added Industrial Products
Specialty Coatings International
Richmond, VA

Operates in the United States and the United Kingdom; seven businesses with market-leading positions in the manufacturing, coating, and converting of specialty films and papers.

1990-12-14 value-added-industrials Rubatex
December 1990
Value-Added Industrial Products
Bedford, VA

One of the worldwide leading manufacturers of premium rubber and plastics products.