U.S. private equity firm Hammond, Kennedy, Whitney & Co. (HKW) completed a recapitalization in late December 2012 involving a Brantford, Ontario-based company Brant Screen Craft Inc. Brant Screen Craft, founded in 1963, specializes in the printing of signs and displays used by North American business clients in retail, restaurant and automotive sectors. HKW has become increasingly active in the Canadian market in recent years, acquiring the Edmonton, Alberta-based Royal Camp Services, Ltd. from TriWest Capital Partners in November, 2011.
HKW Announces Recapitalization of Brant Screen Craft Inc.
Indianapolis, IN – January 2013 – Hammond, Kennedy, Whitney & Company, Inc. (“HKW”) announced that it closed on the recapitalization of Brant Screen Craft Inc. (“Brant” or “Company”) on Wednesday, December 19, 2012. Brant, headquartered in Brantford, Ontario, Canada, partners with leading retailers throughout the U.S. and Canada to manufacture and distribute in-store marketing solutions to drive shopper traffic and increase retailer revenue. The Company uniquely provides full service, “one-stop” capabilities (including prepress and design support, printing, finishing, kitting, fulfillment and distribution) in quick turnaround situations. Brant was represented exclusively by Petsky Prunier LLC (“Petsky Prunier”) in this transaction. For additional information on the Company, please visit www.brantscreen.com.
“We look forward to a great partnership with HKW,” said Bob deBoer, President of Brant Screen Craft. “The HKW team has unique industry experience and they will be a value-added partner as Brant enters its next stage of growth. We are clearly excited about the future.”
“Partnering with superior management in attractive, niche industries is a core investment philosophy for us,” stated Mark Becker, an HKW Operating Partner. “The strong Brant team, with their extensive industry experience and remarkable track record, is an ideal fit with HKW’s key investment criteria.”
About HKW – HKW is a private capital firm founded in 1903 and based in Indianapolis, Indiana with an office in New York. Since 1982, HKW has sponsored 41 platform transactions of lower middle-market companies throughout North America as well as 44 add-on acquisitions. For further information on HKW, please visit www.hkwinc.com.
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