Sentinel Capital Partners said Wednesday that it has sold Trinity Consultants. The buyer is Gryphon Investors. Financial terms weren’t announced. Dallas-based Trinity provides air quality compliance services to the industrial market.
Sentinel Capital Partners, a private equity firm that invests in promising, lower middle-market companies, today announced the sale of Trinity Consultants, Inc., the nation’s leading provider of air quality consulting and compliance services to the industrial market.
Based in Dallas, Trinity offers a full range of air quality compliance services and has specific expertise in the energy, manufacturing, industrial and utility sectors. Trinity helps its clients comply with federal, state and local air quality regulations and manage climate change and environmental sustainability issues. Trinity also provides complementary products and services such as environment, health and safety (“EH&S”) information management solutions, educational courses, environmental modeling software and EH&S staffing services.
During Sentinel’s ownership, Trinity continued to expand its domestic footprint and extended its presence to important international markets such as China and the Middle East. In addition, heightened air quality standards by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, including the regulation of carbon dioxide as a traditional air pollutant, fueled Trinity’s growth.
“We believe Trinity is particularly well positioned for future success,” said Eric Bommer, a Sentinel partner. “Trinity is widely recognized as the leading air quality expert in the market and has a phenomenal group of managers and employees that have driven its growth over a long period of time. We are proud to have been their partners and wish them continued success in the next stage of growth.”
Sentinel partnered with Trinity’s management and employees at the time of its 2007 acquisition. More than 70 employees invested alongside Sentinel in the transaction and collectively owned a significant equity position.
“Trinity enjoys a unique culture focused on excellence in client service; Sentinel recognized this and treated management and employees as true partners throughout their ownership period,” said Jay Hofmann, Trinity’s Chief Executive Officer. “We appreciate the confidence Sentinel placed in us and the resources they contributed, which helped us to successfully execute our growth strategy.”
The Trinity sale is the latest in an active period for Sentinel. In 2011, Sentinel has closed four new investments, including WellSpring Pharmaceutical Corp., a North American manufacturer and marketer of specialty prescription and over-the-counter pharmaceuticals; National Spine and Pain Centers, a leading provider of management services to physicians specializing in interventional pain management procedures focused on relieving back and neck pain; Chromalox, a leading global branded manufacturer of commercial and industrial electric heating products and solutions; and Critical Solutions International, the leading global provider of military vehicles designed to detect improvised explosives devices and land mines.
MHT Partners, a Dallas-based investment bank, advised Trinity Consultants in the transaction.
About Sentinel Capital Partners
Sentinel Capital Partners specializes in buying and building lower middle-market companies in the United States and Canada in partnership with management. Sentinel targets eight industry sectors — aerospace/defense, business services, consumer products/services, distribution, food/restaurants, franchising, healthcare products/services, and industrial manufacturing. Sentinel invests in management buyouts, purchases of family businesses, corporate divestitures, and going-private transactions of established businesses with EBITDA between $7 million and $35 million. For more information about Sentinel, visit www.sentinelpartners.com.
About Trinity Consultants, Inc.
Founded in 1974 and headquartered in Dallas, Texas, Trinity Consultants, Inc. is a leading provider of air quality consulting and compliance services in the United States and is ISO 9001:2000 certified in its Dallas office, a rarity in the industry. With more than 300 employees in 33 strategically located offices, Trinity provides a full range of air quality compliance services and has specific expertise in the energy, manufacturing, industrial and utility sectors. Trinity helps its clients comply with federal, state and local air quality regulations and manage leading edge issues such as climate change and environmental sustainability. Trinity also provides complementary products and services such as EH&S information management solutions, educational courses, environmental modeling software and EH&S staffing services. For more information about Trinity Consultants, Inc., visit www.trinityconsultants.com.