Alpenglow Rail LLC, a U.S. freight rail company, has acquired VIP Rail LLC, a short line rail business located in Sarnia, Ontario’s chemical valley. No financial terms were disclosed for the acquisition, Alpenglow’s first with the backing of Stonecourt Capital, a U.S. private equity firm. Jon McEachran, president of VIP Rail, said the deal will create growth opportunities for his company, which currently accesses markets in Ontario, Québec and the United States. Denver, Colorado’s Alpenglow Rail is seeking acquisitions of and partnerships with other short line railroads and transportation businesses.
Alpenglow Rail Acquires VIP Rail
Stonecourt Backed Alpenglow Completes First Short Line Rail Acquisition
DENVER, July 12, 2017 /CNW/ — Alpenglow Rail LLC (“Alpenglow Rail”), a Denver-based freight rail company focused on short line rail businesses and related transportation assets, today announced the completion of its acquisition of VIP Rail LLC (“VIP Rail”). The transaction is the first for Alpenglow Rail, which is backed by private equity firm Stonecourt Capital.
VIP Rail is a short line rail business located in Sarnia, Ontario’s chemical valley, with strategic access to key U.S. populations and major Quebec and Ontario markets including Toronto and Montreal. The business’ service offerings include switching, transloading, railcar storage, railcar inspection, cleaning, and repair, warehousing and trucking.
“I am excited about the opportunity to bring VIP Rail to the next level by leveraging Alpenglow’s growth expertise,” said Jon McEachran, President of VIP Rail. “VIP Rail has been approached by many companies over the years, but we felt Alpenglow was uniquely suited to be both creative on this complicated transaction and an excellent partner in the growth of the company.”
Rich Montgomery, CEO at Alpenglow, commented “We are pleased to partner with Jon and the team at VIP Rail to continue to build on their excellent customer service and innovative solutions. The strategic placement of their assets and the tremendous growth opportunity for the business made this a natural platform investment for Alpenglow Rail.”
“We are thrilled to have completed this platform transaction,” said Jaime Buehl-Reichard, Co-Founder and Partner at Stonecourt Capital. “Together with the Alpenglow Rail team, we are excited to build on the opportunities we see in the freight rail industry.”
Founded by a team of seasoned railroad executives with extensive experience in the operations, development and growth of North American short line railroads, Alpenglow Rail is actively seeking acquisitions of and partnerships with short line railroads and related transportation businesses.
About Alpenglow Rail LLC: Alpenglow Rail develops and manages short line rail businesses and related transportation assets across North America. Alpenglow Rail was founded by railroad executives Rich Montgomery, Darcy Brede, Henning von Kalm and Josh Huster. www.alpenglowrail.com
About Stonecourt Capital LP: Stonecourt Capital is a private equity firm focused on investing in the transformational growth of middle-market companies in the logistics, industrial services and petrochemicals industries. Headquartered in New York City, the firm typically invests $50 to $300 million in each of its portfolio companies. www.stonecourtlp.com
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