Altus Capital buys Nichols Portland

Altus Capital Partners acquired Nichols Portland, a division of Parker Hannifin Corp. Headquartered in Portland, Maine, Nichols Portland makes pumps and gears.


WILTON, Conn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Altus Capital Partners, an investment firm focused on middle market manufacturing companies in the U.S., announced today the acquisition of Nichols Portland (“Nichols Portland” or the “Company”), a division of Parker Hannifin Corporation. Nichols Portland is a leading designer and manufacturer of precision powder metal fixed and variable displacement gears including gerotor gears and smart pumps for automotive and on-off highway and other industrial markets. Altus Capital along with the management team of Nichols Portland made this investment to participate in the expected growth of smart pump and advanced variable vane gears. The financial terms of the investment were not disclosed.

Nichols Portland, was founded in 1904 as W.H. Nichols and has its manufacturing operations headquarters in Portland, Maine. As a leading manufacturer of gerotors, Nichols Portland not only sells these parts, but the Company provides value-engineered product solutions. The Company’s business comprises powder metal and steel components for fixed and variable displacement pumps and the smart pump business comprises mechanical and electronically driven fuel and oil pumps.

Altus and the management of Nichols Portland believe that demand for smart pump and advanced variable vane gears will increase based upon these products ability to offer increased fuel and motor efficiency.

Rick Izor, Nichols Portland’s General Manager, said, “We are very excited to be partnering with Altus Capital Partners as we continue to grow. Nichols Portland has consistently built on its foundation of innovation and engineering excellence and we look forward to the resources that Altus Capital can provide to help us achieve our strategic growth objectives.”

Russell Greenberg, Managing Partner of Altus Capital, commented, “Altus is enthusiastic to partner with Nichols Portland’s management team in acquiring an industry leader in the designing and manufacturing powder metal gerotor gears and a growing developer of innovative smart pumps for fuel applications. We recognize and value management’s depth of capabilities along with the Company’s exceptional technological advancements, which has earned Nichols Portland its industry leadership position.”

Heidi Goldstein, a principal of Altus Capital, added, “Nichols Portland has a long tradition of providing innovative solutions for its customers. We look forward to working with and supporting management to expand upon this legacy.”

About Altus Capital Partners

Headquartered in Wilton, CT with offices in Lincolnshire, IL, Altus Capital Partners invests alongside management teams in profitable small to medium-sized manufacturing companies domiciled in the U.S. that have proprietary technologies, processes, and products. The Altus investment team is led by three partners, who, in over 15 years of investing together, individually and collectively, have acquired over 20 platform companies. For more information on Altus, please visit