Huron Capital exits stake in Optimum Plastics

Huron Capital Partners has sold its stake in Optimum Plastics to Charter NEX Films, which is backed by Pamplona Capital Management. Based in Bloomer, Wisconsin, Optimum Plastics is a maker of custom cast embossed and blown film structures.


DETROIT, Dec. 2, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Huron Capital Partners LLC (“Huron Capital”) today announced it has divested its interest in Bloomer Holdings, Inc. (d/b/a “Optimum Plastics”) through a sale to Charter NEX Films, a portfolio company of Pamplona Capital Management. Headquartered in Bloomer, Wisc., Optimum Plastics is a leading manufacturer of custom cast embossed and blown film structures across a range of end markets.

Huron Capital first invested in Optimum in 2012, as part of an ExecFactor® initiative in the specialty chemicals and films market and installed CEO Kevin Keneally immediately upon making its initial investment. Since that time, annual revenue has grown from $45 million to over $100 million and the number of employees has grown from 66 to 145. The most significant milestone was the 2014 merger between Optimum Plastics, with its expertise in blown barrier films, and Bloomer Plastics, a leader in cast embossed films.

Keneally said, “With both cast embossed and blown film capabilities, we believe we have built Optimum into a major player in the custom films marketplace. Huron Capital has been very supportive of our organic and acquisition-related growth initiatives. The firm supported significant investments in technology, capacity and business development resources, and they shared the management team’s vision of building a technically advanced, custom manufacturer with diverse product offerings.”

Brian Demkowicz, Managing Partner at Huron Capital, added, “Dating back to our investment in Quest Specialty Chemicals in 2004, we have deep experience in the specialty chemicals industry, including coatings, adhesives and films. We were looking to make additional investments in the space and having Kevin on board early as an Operating Partner gave us the confidence to proceed with the initial investment in the Optimum platform. He proved to be a great partner, and we look forward to future ExecFactor® initiatives with executives like Kevin.”

About Huron Capital Partners LLC
Based in Detroit, Huron Capital is an operationally-focused private equity firm with a long history of growing lower middle-market companies through our proprietary ExecFactor® buy-and-build investment model. We prefer complex situations where we can help companies reach their full potential by combining our operational approach, substantial capital base, and transaction experience with seasoned operating executives. Founded in 1999, Huron Capital has raised over $1.1 billion in capital through four committed private equity funds and invested in over 100 companies, and our portfolio companies have employed over 7,500 people throughout North America. The Huron Capital ExecFactor® buy-and-build investment model includes equity recapitalizations, family succession transactions, market-entry strategies, corporate carve-outs, and management buyouts of companies having revenues up to $200 million. Huron Capital’s sector focus includes specialty manufacturing, business services, consumer goods & services, and healthcare. For more information, please visit