H.I.G. exits Hart & Cooley

H.I.G. Capital has sold Hart & Cooley to DuraVent.

H.I.G. Capital has sold Hart & Cooley to DuraVent. No financial terms were disclosed. B&C is a provider of air distribution products.

PRESS RELEASE

H.I.G. Capital (“H.I.G.”), a leading global alternative investment firm with over $45 billion of equity capital under management, announced today the sale of its portfolio company, Hart & Cooley (“H&C” or the “Company”), to DuraVent, Inc. (“DuraVent”), a leading manufacturer of venting products for gas, wood, oil, pellet and fuel burning appliances. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Since 1901, H&C has provided high quality air distribution products designed to make buildings more comfortable, safe and energy efficient. The Company’s product portfolio represents many of the most recognizable and trusted brands within the industry, and includes residential and commercial products such as vents, grilles, registers and diffusers. Headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan, H&C serves a broad base of wholesale distributors, and has manufacturing and distribution locations throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

Todd Ofenloch, Managing Director at H.I.G. Capital, commented, “We have enjoyed working closely with the H&C management team. By successfully carving the business out from Johnson Controls, rationalizing the existing product portfolio to focus on those categories where the Company has a leading market position, and investing in capacity for future growth, we have created a differentiated competitor within the HVAC and air distribution industry. The highly strategic transaction represents a true win-win for all parties involved.”

Jeffrey Stark, Hart & Cooley’s CEO, said, “H.I.G. has been an exceptionally supportive partner, delivering valuable operational and financial guidance during a time of significant change. We thank them for their expertise and are excited as an organization to enter the next chapter of our growth story with DuraVent. The combination of the two businesses will create a meaningful player within the North American air distribution category.”

“Our immediate objective is to build one unified company, with one team, focused on world-class manufacturing and distribution,” said DuraVent President and CEO Simon Davis. “We are guided by our passion for innovation and commitment to creating the benchmark for responsive customer service.”

About Hart & Cooley
Hart & Cooley is a leading manufacturer of HVAC and air distribution products, including vents, grilles, registers, diffusers, and rooftop and chimney products. Previously a subsidiary of Johnson Controls International plc (NYSE: JCI) (“Johnson Controls”), the Company has been a leader in the HVAC industry since 1901, and its product portfolio represents some of the most recognized and trusted brands in the industry.
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