Incline scoops up Midwest Industrial Rubber

Incline Equity Partners has acquired St. Louis, Missouri-based Midwest Industrial Rubber Inc, a provider of lightweight conveyor belts and related components. No financial terms were disclosed.


Incline Equity Partners (“Incline”), a Pittsburgh-based lower middle-market private equity firm, announces the acquisition of Midwest Industrial Rubber, Inc. (“MIR” or the “Company”), a leading value-added supplier of lightweight conveyor belting and related components. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Founded in 1980 and headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, MIR specializes in custom design, engineering and fabrication for mission critical belting applications. MIR’s highly differentiated service offering is recognized for its best-in-class quality and superior technical capabilities. The Company has built the industry’s largest domestic network of sales and fabrication facilities, providing market-leading, 24/7 service to customers.

“MIR is a leading provider of conveyor belting with strong design and engineering abilities and an impressive track record of growth,” said Jack Glover, Partner with Incline. “The Company has an expansive service offering across a variety of very stable end markets. We know the conveyor industry well, and we quickly saw the value in MIR’s market position.”

“We were looking for a partner that understood our business and our industry,” said Mike Bruhn, Chief Executive Officer of MIR. “We are well-positioned for multiple avenues of growth. Incline has a history of helping companies like ours prioritize and plan growth initiatives. That experience should allow us to grow faster and expand our national footprint.”

John Morley, Vice President with Incline, added, “We are excited to support the MIR management team in further developing existing locations, opening new locations and leveraging its highly fragmented market to pursue strategic acquisitions.”

This acquisition marks Incline’s tenth transaction in 2016. In addition to adding MIR to the portfolio, Incline closed on new platform companies Premium Franchise Brands and Ned Stevens and has completed several add-on acquisitions: Double E Company acquired Appleton Mfg.; AFC Holdings acquired Eckart and Finard; and Dorner Mfg. acquired Geppert. Incline also completed recapitalizations of Oracle Elevator, BCI Burke LLC, and Bacharach and completed its first exit in the third fund with the successful sale of AmSpec.