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Gryphon to sell Shelpers to Boot Barn

Gryphon Investors has agreed to sell Wichita, Kansas-based Shelpers, a western wear retailer, to Boot Barn Holdings Inc. No financial terms were disclosed. Lazard Middle Market LLC advised Gryphon on the transaction.

PE-backed Orchid Underwriters names new CFO

Orchid Underwriters Insurance Agency LLC, a portfolio company of Gryphon Investors, has appointed Lynda Butler as chief financial officer. Previously, Butler worked at Nationwide Insurance where she recently served as CFO and vice president of Nationwide Insurance brand property and casualty division.

Orchid Underwriters buys Coastal Agents Alliance

Orchid Underwriters Agency LLC said Tuesday it has acquired Coastal Agents Alliance. Financial terms weren’t announced. West Atlantic City, New Jersey-based Coastal Agents is a managing general agent that specializes in catastrophic coastal exposed E&S homeowners’ solutions and currently writes in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. Orchid is a portfolio company of Gryphon Investors.

PE-backed Orchid Underwriters names chief information officer

Orchid Underwriters Insurance Agency LLC, a portfolio company of Gryphon Investors, has appointed Chuck Fillizola as chief information officer. Previously, he worked at Sompo Japan Nipponkoa America Insurance where he served as vice president and chief information officer. Based in Vero Beach, Florida, Orchid is a specialty underwriter of property insurance focusing on coastal properties.

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Gryphon Investors adds Grady as a partner

Gryphon Investors has hired Robert E. Grady as a partner. The appointment becomes effective March 2. In his new position, Grady will head the firm’s general industries group. Previously, Grady worked at the Cheyenne Capital Fund where he served as a general partner and managing director. Also, Grady is a former partner, managing director and global head of venture and growth capital at The Carlyle Group.

McGann named CEO of K&N Engineering

K&N Engineering, a portfolio company of Gryphon Investors, said Thursday that Tom McGann has joined as CEO. Most recently, McGann was the President and CEO of Spyder Active Sports. Riverside, California-based K&N makes washable performance air filters and air intake systems.

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Gryphon Investors buys stake in C.B. Fleet Company

Gryphon Investors has acquired a majority stake in C.B. Fleet Company, which makes personal healthcare products like Summer’s Eve and Pedia-Lax. Fleet’s management team, along with several other investors, will hold minority stakes in the company. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. As part of the deal, Steve LaMonte, a Gryphon advisor, will become chairman of the board.

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Grypon acquires majority stake in Fleet Laboratories

Gryphon has made an undisclosed investment in Fleet Laboratories. Houlihan Lokey provided financial advice to Gryphon on the transaction while TM Capital Corp. was exclusive financial advisor to Fleet. Also, Steve LaMonte, a Gryphon advisor, has been appointed Fleet Laboratories’ board chairman. Based in Lynchburg, Virginia, Fleet Laboratories is a consumer healthcare manufacturer.

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Orchid Underwriters partners with Gryphon Investors

Orchid Underwriters, an underwriter of property insurance focusing on coastal properties, has secured backing from Gryphon Investors. CEO Michael Ray and president Brad Emmons have retained a significant ownership position in the company and will continue to lead Orchid after the closing of the transaction. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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Gryphon-backed DLC buys Beacon Resources

DLC, a portfolio company of Gryphon Investors, has acquired Beacon Resources. No financial terms were disclosed. Based in Newport Beach, Calif., Beacon is a finance, accounting staff and executive search firm.

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Gryphon Closes Sales of TrustHouse to Elior

Gryphon Investors has completed the sale of TrustHouse Services Group, a Charlotte, N.C.-based contract food service provider, to Elior SCA. Financial terms weren’t announced. Gryphon invested in TrustHouse in 2008. The sale to Elicor was announced in March.

Synteract and Harrison Clinical Research Close Deal

Synteract, a full-service contract research organization has completed its acquisition of Harrison Clinical Research to form a new multinational business – SynteractHCR. Synteract is a portfolio company of San Francisco-based Gryphon Investors.

Synteract Inks Buy of Harrison Clinical

Synteract, which is backed by Gryphon Investors, has agreed to buy Harrison Clinical Research. Financial terms were not announced. Munich, Germany-based Harrison is a clinical research company.

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