Bain Capital’s Apex Tool Group acquires Niagara Tools

Niagara Tools Ltd, a Canadian manufacturer of precision tooling, cutting and grinding equipment, has been bought by Apex Tool Group, a portfolio company of U.S. private equity firm Bain Capital Partners. The acquisition, the financial terms of which were not disclosed, was announced by U.S. merger and acquisition advisory firm Generational Capital LLC, which advised the St. Catharines, Ontario-based Niagara Tools on the deal. With headquarters in Sparks, Maryland, Apex is a manufacturer of professional hand and power tools. It was acquired by Bain in February 2013 in a transaction valued at US$1.6 billion.


Generational Equity Announces the Acquisition of Niagara Tools Ltd. by Apex Tool Group

DALLAS, Aug. 26, 2014 /CNW/ — Generational Equity, a leading mergers and acquisitions advisor for privately-held, middle-market businesses, is pleased to announce the acquisition of its client, Niagara Tools Ltd., headquartered in St. Catharines, Ontario, by Apex Tool Group, headquartered in Sparks, Maryland. The acquisition closed on July 31, 2014.

Niagara Tools, a precision tooling, cutting, and grinding manufacturer that serves the North American automotive and aerospace market, will become part of Apex’s Power and Professional Tools business unit.

“Niagara Tools is a strong strategic complement to our Power Tools business,” said Steve Breitzka, President and CEO of Apex. “This acquisition allows Niagara to leverage our global MVI, aerospace and industrial relationships to expand its channels, and it offers Apex significant cross-selling opportunities within Niagara’s customer base.” Niagara’s owner, Paul Brodeur, will continue in a consulting role with Apex; Bill McMaster will continue to serve as Niagara Tools’ General Manager.

“Both our organizations have a strong culture of technological innovation, focus on the customer and creating solutions within our markets,” added Martin Kuerzinger, President of Apex’s Power and Professional Tools business unit. “Niagara Tools is a dynamic addition to our Power Tools global business portfolio, and we are excited about the growth potential that lies ahead.”

“We are extremely pleased to become part of Apex’s Power Tools business, and look forward to a strong relationship,” said Paul Brodeur, owner of Niagara Tools. “Their team and brands are a recognized leader in their industries, as is Niagara Tools, and together we have tremendous opportunities for growth.”

Going forward, the Niagara Tools name will be retained. For more information, visit or

Managing Director Chris Heckert led the Generational Equity deal team that advised Niagara on the transaction. “This acquisition represents a true synergistic acquisition for both sides and I am excited to see what the future holds for both Niagara Tools and Apex,” stated Heckert.

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