Red Oak, Harbert and Tenth Street to invest in Clarke Group

Clarke Group has formed investment partnerships with Red Oak Growth Partners, Harbert Mezzanine Partners and Tenth Street Capital. No financial terms were disclosed. As a result of the transaction, Clarke Group’s John Duffin; Red Oak’s Richard Erickson and Conor Mullet; Tenth Street’s Bill Nutter and Andy Tatman; and Harbert’s Robert Bourquin, will join Clarke Group’s board of directors. Indiana-based Clarke is a manufacturing and packaging services provider.


INDIANAPOLIS, Sept. 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Clarke Group (Clarke Engineering Services, LLC and Acquire Automation, LLC) announces a new investment partnership with Red Oak Growth Partners, Harbert Mezzanine Partners and Tenth Street Capital.

Clarke Engineering supports customers within highly-regulated FDA industries, focusing on mission critical manufacturing and packaging solutions. The delivery model highlights turnkey solutions from initial design, project delivery and validation to ongoing operations and change management support.

Acquire provides machine vision inspection and automation solutions to numerous vertical markets, including life sciences, nutrition, plastics, automotive and aerospace, where quality and identity are essential to business and operations.

“The significant capital and strategic resources now at our disposal allow us to continue our accelerated growth and expand our geographic reach and solutions,” said Clarke Group President John Duffin. “The Clarke Group team is focused on the continued scaling of what is already a great company and offering.”

“We felt Clarke’s value proposition for its pharmaceutical, medical device and consumer products manufacturing clients focused around automation efficiency, recall prevention, FDA validation and quality improvement was extremely compelling,” said Red Oak Growth Partners Managing Director Richard Erickson.

Duffin and Erickson will join Clarke Group’s Board of Directors, along with Conor Mullet from Red Oak, Bill Nutter and Andy Tatman of Tenth Street, and Robert Bourquin of Harbert Mezzanine.

About Clarke Group (Clarke Engineering Services and Acquire Automation)
Clarke Engineering Services is a manufacturing and packaging services provider specializing in: (A) Validation and Verification; (B) Project Management & Integration; (C) Operations and Change Management; and (D) Engineering – Subject Matter Expertise (including Automation, Packaging, Serialization and Vision).

Acquire Automation is an automation solutions provider specializing in: (A) Vision Systems; (B) Automation Services; and (C) Custom Equipment. For more, visit and

About Red Oak Growth Partners
Red Oak Growth Partners is a private equity firm that invests in profitable business services and software companies in North America. Red Oak builds relationships to leverage the firm’s investment, operating and business development experience to accelerate growth. For more, visit

About Tenth Street Capital
Tenth Street Capital provides debt and equity capital to lower-middle market companies in support of growth, acquisitions and recapitalizations. With operating, lending and investing experience, Tenth Street Capital invests in a variety of industries across the country. For more, visit

About Harbert Mezzanine Partners
Harbert Mezzanine Partners (“HMP”) targets loan opportunities with businesses seeking funding for organic growth, acquisitions or management buyouts. HMP considers all industry and business types, with an emphasis on value-added service companies. For more, visit