Littlejohn Hungry for a Berger in Jersey

Cranbury, New Jersey-based Howard Berger Co., a maker of private label hardware and housewares, has taken an unspecified investment from Littlejohn & Co., the Connecticut-based private equity firm. Howard Berger Co. was founded in 1971 and has been grown via M&A.


Littlejohn & Co., LLC, a private investment firm based in Greenwich, CT, announced today that it has made an investment in Howard Berger Company (HBC), a leading designer, marketer, and supplier of a broad array of branded and private label hardware and houseware-related products to retailers and wholesalers in North America.

Based in Cranbury, NJ, HBC sells 13,500 products covering 25 distinct product categories to leading retailers, discount stores, home centers, wholesalers, drug and food chains, catalog companies, municipalities, and hardware stores worldwide. The company, founded in 1971, grew over the years with a number of strategic acquisitions and today offers its customers a wide array of private label and store brands, including hardware and housewares, cleaning products, quality tools, plumbing supplies, seasonal products, automotive care accessories, and pest control products.