Shipston acquires Busche

Shipston Equity Holdings has bought Busche Enterprise Division, a provider of precision production machining for the automotive, agriculture, construction and industrial sectors. No financial terms were disclosed. Comerica Bank provided senior financing for the transaction.

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HAMPTON, N.H., Nov. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Shipston Equity Holdings, LLC. (Shipston), a privately owned company, today announced the acquisition of Busche Enterprise Division, Inc. (Busche), a leading computer numerical control production machining company. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Busche specializes in precision production machining for automotive, agriculture, construction and industrial markets. The company also provides project management integration of customized workholding solutions. Founded in 1997 by Nick A. Busche, the company employs 650 people at manufacturing operations in Indiana and Alabama.

Shipston Chairman and CEO Michael Dingman, the majority shareholder, is a leading international industrialist known largely for his accomplishments in forming and leading several diversified companies. In addition, he has served on numerous boards, most notably Ford Motor Company for 23 years.

“We are fortunate to partner with Nick and his entire management team in the next phase of growth with this tremendous company,” Dingman said. “We share fundamental principles in valuing employees, customers and suppliers. Under Nick’s continuing leadership, we intend to pursue an aggressive expansion for the long term support of our customers. On the broader front, I see growth opportunities that are very similar to those that I experienced with the Henley Group, empowering topflight operational management with substantial equity firepower, and proper financial expertise, which will really allow Busche to makes waves across the sector.”

Under the agreement, Dingman will be majority shareholder, while Busche will continue as CEO and president of Busche.
“I’m very pleased to be joining Shipston,” Busche said. “Our values are closely aligned and our focus on long term operating fundamentals and growth makes a really powerful combination. Now, under the Shipston umbrella, plans are a foot to make substantial commitments to increasing capacity and work has already begun on significant expansion in Indiana and elsewhere. All of this will allow Busche to continue to grow as an industry leader.”

Dingman also named financial partners as key to the acquisition and future growth of the company, citing ORIX Americas, Oakmont Group, and Shea Ventures. Senior financing was provided by Comerica Bank, which has a long history across the manufacturing sector. Reed Smith LLP was legal counsel to Shipston in this transaction.

“We are pleased to be investing in such a fine company and management team,” said Jeff Sangalis, managing director of ORIX Mezzanine & Private Equity. “We are also particularly excited about the opportunity to team with Shipston, which is ideally suited to assist the Busche management team in taking advantage of the substantial growth opportunities ahead.”

Dingman is well-known for success founding growth companies, including the Henley Group, Fisher Scientific, Allied Signal, Signal, and Wheelabrator Frye. The Henley Group was founded through an IPO, the largest of its time, and the company’s operating units, widely known as “Dingman’s Dogs,” achieved notable success.

“The combination of a great operating team and our financial partners will provide the building blocks for future growth and acquisitions in this industry sector,” Dingman said of Busche. “My objective is to make this my most successful investment and position it for a solid future through acquisitions like my operating team did with Henley, Fisher Scientific and Wheelabrator.”

For additional information about BUSCHE, visit www.busche-cnc.com.

For additional information about Shipston Equity Holdings, visit shipstongroup.com.