D’Orazio Capital buys Red Head Brass

D’Orazio Capital Partners has acquired Shreve, Ohio-based Red Head Brass, a maker of couplings and fittings for the firefighting industry. No financial terms were disclosed.


Chicago, Illinois, December 1, 2015 – D’Orazio Capital Partners, LLC (“DCP”), a Chicago-based private equity firm, is pleased to announce that RHB Acquisition, LLC has acquired HSD Holding Company, LLC and its subsidiaries RHBA Acquisitions, LLC d/b/a Red Head Brass, LLC and Crestar Firefighting Equipment, LLC and its affiliate DSE, Ltd. (together “Red Head Brass”).

Founded in 1972, Red Head Brass is the largest manufacturer of couplings and fittings for the domestic firefighting market. The Company’s products are also utilized in industrial and oil and gas applications including water transportation to and from hydraulic fracturing wells and “big water” applications such as nuclear power, refinery fire suppression, and emergency water distribution. Based in Shreve, OH, Red Head Brass is proud to label all of its manufactured products “Made in the USA” as it is a key indicator of quality and consistency in an industry where product safety is of critical importance. For more information, visit: www.redheadbrass.com.

Tim Lautermilch, President of Red Head Brass noted “The team at Red Head Brass and I are excited about our new partnership with DCP. Together we plan to build upon the excellent foundation of Red Head Brass and its reputation of providing the highest quality products and the most respected customer service in our industry. We have high expectations for the future and plan to deliver outstanding results for our customers, our employees, and our new partners.”

Bill Kaczynski, Senior Managing Director & Head of Private Equity at DCP commented “We are quite pleased that we were able to complete our first investment at DCP with a company with an outstanding reputation for quality and a strong market position. We are excited about our future partnership with the Red Head Brass leadership team and look forward to providing the support necessary to achieve our collective investment objectives.”

F.N.B. Capital Partners, L.P. provided mezzanine financing as well as an equity co-investment. FirstMerit Bank, N.A. provided the senior financing. In addition, the Red Head Brass management team became shareholders as a result of the acquisition.

About D’Orazio Capital Partners, LLC

DCP is a private equity firm based in Chicago, Illinois. DCP primarily invests in private, lower middle market companies in the energy and manufacturing sectors with $5 million to $50 million in revenue, stable cash-flow, and tenured management. The team at DCP assists its platform companies in creating investment objectives and then works directly with executive management in overall financial/operating strategies and corporate governance to meet those objectives. For additional information, please contact Bill Kaczynski (312.357.5281 or bill@doracm.com).