Hettinger Welding Adds On

Clearview Capital has acquired Dakota Line Contractors LLC, a Bismarck, N.D.-based provider of horizontal directional drilling services. No financial terms were disclosed. Clearview structured the deal as an add-on for existing portfolio company Hettinger Welding LLC, a provider of facilities construction, pipelining and welding services for customers building natural gas infrastructure in the Rocky Mountain region.

 

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Clearview Capital, LLC of Old Greenwich, CT has completed the acquisition of Bismarck, ND based Dakota Line Contractors LLC, which provides horizontal directional drilling services for a variety of industries including pipeline installation in the oil and gas industry, and installation of rural water, telecom and cable lines for utility companies.

The transaction was structured as an add-on acquisition for Clearview's portfolio company Hettinger Welding, LLC, a leading provider of facilities construction, pipelining and welding services for customers building natural gas infrastructure in the Rocky Mountain region.
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Dakota's horizontal drilling services give the construction provider the ability to run lines under obstacles such as roads, rivers, environmentally sensitive areas and other pipelines all with minimal surface disturbance. Dakota's territory currently extends from North Dakota to Southwestern Wyoming and includes Montana and South Dakota. The acquisition expands Hettinger's service offering and adds two new satellite offices in Bismarck and Sidney, Montana.

Eric Richard, the founder of Dakota, re-invested a portion of his proceeds into Hettinger Welding, LLC, obtaining an equity stake similar to other key management. Richard will assume management of Hettinger's and Dakota's directional drilling operations.

The transaction closed on November 8, 2007. The transaction was arranged by Clearview Capital, LLC. Senior debt was provided by LaSalle Business Credit and mezzanine financing by Hartford Investment Management.

Clearview's other holdings include Ace (Air Cooled Exchangers, Inc.), a leading manufacturer of air-cooled heat exchangers, Hettinger Welding, LLC, a leading provider of pipeline and facilities construction and maintenance services for customers building natural gas infrastructure; Rowmark, Inc., a manufacturer and marketer of specialty plastic sheet and related products for the awards/recognition, engraving and signage markets; Twinco Romax, a vertically integrated manufacturer and distributor of automotive fluids sold through retail channels; Senior Care Centers of America, an operator of adult day care centers; M.H. Zeigler & Sons, the country's leading manufacturer of refrigerated apple cider; Hillsdale Furniture, a designer and importer of wood and metal furniture; and a minority interest in Compression Polymers Group, the leading extruder of thick gauge polyolefin and PVC sheet, including AZEK