Arbor Investments has acquired Rancho Cucamonga, California-based Bradshaw Home, a maker of kitchen tools and gadgets, bakeware, cookware, food storage and home cleaning products to retailers across North America. The seller is ONCAP, the mid-market investment platform of Canadian private equity firm Onex Corp. No financial terms were disclosed.
CHICAGO, Ill. — Arbor Investments (“Arbor”), a specialized private equity firm that focuses exclusively on investing in food, beverage and related industries announced today the acquisition of Bradshaw Home (“Bradshaw” or the “Company”) from ONCAP, the middle-market private equity platform of Onex. The transaction marks the first investment from Arbor’s $1.5 billion Fund V, raised in late 2020. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Headquartered in Rancho Cucamonga, CA, Bradshaw is a leading designer, marketer, and category manager of high-quality kitchen tools and gadgets, bakeware, cookware, food storage and home cleaning products to retailers across North America. The Company sells over 7,000 products under nationally recognizable brands including: Good Cook®, Casabella®, Evercare®, Mr. Clean®, Clorox® and Dawn®, in addition to supporting retailers’ private label programs.
The acquisition marks Arbor’s second turn as owner of Bradshaw, having originally acquired the Company in 2008 as a Fund II investment. After tremendous organic growth behind product innovations and expanded distribution, Arbor successfully exited the business to ONCAP in late 2012.
“Clearly we have a love affair with this Company and jumped at the chance to buy it back,” said Arbor Chairman Gregory Purcell. “We commend ONCAP for the job they’ve done continuing to grow the business and we appreciate the investments made, including expansion of the management team.”
Bradshaw CEO Arthur Zambelli and senior leadership of the Company will continue in their operating roles leading the business.
Purcell continued, “Our initial partnership 13 years ago resulted in one of Arbor’s most successful Fund II investments, and we’ve always had a high level of conviction for the platform. Almost a decade later, we proudly welcome Bradshaw back into the Arbor collective of companies and look forward to partnering with Arthur and the management team to write this next chapter of the Bradshaw growth story.”
“We’ve enjoyed a great run with ONCAP, more than doubling in size under their ownership,” added Zambelli. “We’re ecstatic to reunite with Arbor who not only knows us very well but shares our passion and vision to scale the business even further.”
Commenting on the renewed partnership, Arbor Partner Brody Lynn stated, “Our deep experience and history with Bradshaw eliminates the learning curve, allowing us to immediately focus on adding value and accelerating growth – both organically as well as through further partnerships and acquisitions. We can’t wait to get started.”
In connection with the transaction, Kirkland & Ellis served as Arbor’s legal counsel. Torys LLP served as legal counsel and Baird and Harris Williams LLC served as financial advisors to Bradshaw.
About Bradshaw Home
Bradshaw Home is a privately-owned company based in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., with family heritage dating back to 1905. The Company is the largest kitchen gadget and cleaning products supplier in the U.S. Its family of brands span the areas of kitchen tools & gadgets, cookware, bakeware and cleaning products, which includes: GoodCook®, Butler®, Evercare®, Mr. Clean®, Dawn®, Casabella®, CleanOnes®, Clorox® and Liquid-Plumr® in addition to supporting retailer’s private label programs. www.bradshawhome.com