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Graham Partners closes sale of Strata Products, Strata Proximity Systems

Graham Partners said Tuesday it closed the combined sale of Strata Products Worldwide and Strata Proximity Systems. Financial terms weren’t announced. Strata Products provides safety products and services to the mining industry. Strata Proximity makes proximity detection and collision avoidance systems for mining applications. Graham did not disclose the buyer.

Comar recaps Graham Partners

Comar has announced the successful recapitalization with private investment firm Graham Partners. The transaction, and Graham’s partnership with Comar’s management, will provide access to additional capital and resources to support Comar’s global expansion plans and further broaden the Company’s product development and manufacturing capabilities in North America.

Graham Partners Buys Universal Cold Storage, Universal Pasteurization

Graham Partners has acquired Universal Cold Storage and Universal Pasteurization Co., both based in Lincoln, Nebraska, to form UCS & UPC Holdings Co. Financial terms were not announced. The seller was Universal founder and CEO John Jacobson. The investment is Graham’s first in the food processing technology space. Jeffrey Legath, Henry Nassau, Sarah Gelb,  Sean Porter, Brad Pollack and Jonathan Stott of Dechert provided legal advice to Graham Partners.

Graham Partners-Led Group Buys Henry Co.

Graham Partners has led an investor group to buy Henry Co. Financial terms weren’t disclosed. OceanBridge Partners, members of current management, and the company’s former owners were also part of the buying group. The sellers were AEA Investors and other minority shareholders. El Segundo, Calif.-based Henry makes roofing and building envelope products and systems. PRESS […]

Golub Provides Senior Notes In The Atlas Group Refinancing

Golub Capital said Wednesday that it provided $18.9 million in subordinated notes for the refinancing of The Atlas Group. Wichita, Kan.-based The Atlas Group makes high precision machine parts, assemblies, and replacement parts for aerospace original equipment manufacturers and Tier 1 suppliers. The Atlas Group is a portfolio company of Graham Partners. PRESS RELEASE Golub […]

PE-backed Berry Plastics Completes Rexam Deal

Berry Plastics Corp., a company backed by Apollo Management and Graham Partners, has completed its acquisition of Rexam‘s specialty and beverage closures business. Terms of the deal were not released. Rexam SBC is a maker of injection and compression molded plastic specialty and beverage closures, jars, and other plastic packaging products. Berry Plastics is based in Evansville, Indiana.

Graham Partners Exits Schneller in $289M Deal

Buyout firm Graham Partners has exited its investment in Schneller, selling the company to TransDigm Group Inc. for $289 million. The sale yielded Graham a 3.4x gross multiple on its investment, the firm said. Graham bought Schneller in 2007. Based in Kent, Ohio, Schneller designs and manufactures highly engineered laminates, thermoplastics, and non-textile flooring for use primarily on side walls, lavatories, galleys, bulkheads, and cabin floors of airplanes.

Graham Partners Buys SP Industries

Graham Partners has acquired SP Industries, a designer and manufacturer of medical equipment and components used in pharmaceutical development. Financial terms of the deal were not released. Graham Partners, which is based in the Philadelphia suburbs, is a lower-middle-market private equity firm with more than $1.5 billion under management.

Graham Partners Completes Acquisition of Eberle Design

Middle-market buyout shop Graham Partners has completed its acquisition of Eberle Design, a provider of traffic control products. Financial terms of the deal were not released. Eberle was formed in 1980 and is based in Phoenix, Arizona. Graham Partners is based in suburban Philadelphia and has more than $1.5 billion under management.

Buyout Shops Eye Fortune Brands Break Up

Buyout shops are expected to be all over the Fortune Brands break-up, according to two senior bankers.

Firms that have had Fortune Brands on its radar for some time include The Blackstone Group, Carlyle Group, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co and TPG Capital, said the head of financial sponsors at one bank. “Private equity firms are like hawks,” he said. “They’re motivated by movement, and there’s something happening here that makes this attractive.”

The Deerfield, Ill.-based company announced Dec. 8 that it plans to continue as a pure-play, publicly traded spirits business, while spinning off its home and security business to become an independent, publicly traded company; and selling or spinning off its golf business. The company made the move after pressure from hedge fund investor William Ackman.

Graham Partners Makes Majority Investment in Strata Products Worldwide

Graham Partners completed a majority investment in Strata Products Worldwide, an Atlanta, Ga.-based provider of products and services used for infrastructure and miner safety. Graham Partners is a Pennsylvania-based private equity firm that specializes in middle market manufacturing companies.

TransAxle buys New England Transmission

TransAxle LLC has bought New England Transmission, a Maine-based maker of light-duty transmissions. TransAxle, a New Jersey-headquartered remanufacturer of light duty transmissions, is a portfolio company of a Graham Partners buyout fund. The details of the transaction have not been released.

Graham Partners Raises $515 Million

Graham Partners has closed its third fund with $515 million in capital commitments, according to LBO Wire. The Newton Square, Penn.-based buyout firm had been targeting $650 million, after raising $615 million for its second fund in 2005 (including a $150m co-investment vehicle). www.grahampartners.net

Infiltrator Systems Adds On

Infiltrator Systems, a maker of makes plastic chambers for onsite wastewater management systems in the septic leach-field and storm-water markets, has acquired Ring Industrial Group, a maker of expanded polystyrene drainfield systems. No financial terms were disclosed. Infiltrator Systems is a portfolio company of Graham Partners.

Nailite Int’l Files for Chapter 11

Nailite International, a Miami, Fla.-based maker of molded plastic residential siding products, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The company was acquired in 2003 by Graham Partners and Argosy Partners. www.nailiteinternational.com

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