WestView recaps Bell and Howell

WestView Capital Partners has recapitalized Durham, North Carolina-based Bell and Howell, a provider of tech-enabled mechatronic services and solutions. No financial terms were disclosed. Capstone Headwaters served as financial adviser to Bell and Howell on the transaction.


Durham, NC and Boston, MA

Bell and Howell, LLC (“Bell and Howell” or the “Company”), an industry-leading provider of tech-enabled mechatronic services and solutions, announced that it has been recapitalized by WestView Capital Partners (“WestView”).

Headquartered in Durham, NC, Bell and Howell offers a comprehensive set of outsourced maintenance services and solutions for highly complex automation equipment across a variety of end markets, including retail, ecommerce, digital print, logistics, robotics, and production mail. The Company leverages its award-winning training program and over 800 highly-skilled service engineers to provide customers with customized service plans, innovative technologies, and a robust support infrastructure that results in minimal equipment downtime and measurable ROI.

Enterprises and original equipment manufacturers across industries rely on Bell and Howell’s extensive service footprint, 24/7/365 support capabilities, and technology-driven infrastructure to enable their expanding technology and automation initiatives.

“Over the last few years Bell and Howell has invested heavily in the tools, technology, and training to develop one of the most extensive service organizations in North America,” said Larry Blue, CEO of Bell and Howell. “We have vastly expanded our capabilities and solution portfolio, which has allowed us to develop partnerships with leading enterprises at the forefront of technology and automation. We are excited to have partnered with WestView, whose deep experience with outsourced services companies will help us capitalize on the numerous opportunities we see in front of us.”

“Technology and automation are significant strategic priorities for enterprises across all industries and the corresponding service, support, and ongoing monitoring of such equipment is becoming even more mission-critical to the operations of these enterprises,” said Carlo von Schroeter, Managing Partner at WestView, who will join Bell and Howell’s Board of Directors along with WestView colleague Kevin Twomey. “The Company is poised for significant growth and we look forward to partnering with Bell and Howell’s management team to help them realize the opportunities in front of them.”

Capstone Headwaters served as the exclusive financial advisor to Bell and Howell.

About Bell and Howell:
Founded in 1907, Bell and Howell is focused on improving customer experience by providing advanced technologies in high-growth markets. Leveraging a rich history and expertise in mechatronics and workflow efficiency, the Company delivers comprehensive solutions in retail click-and-collect, factory intelligence, consumer packaging automation, and production mail. The Company is one of the largest and most sophisticated service organizations in the world, with more than 800 service engineers, 24/7/365 customer service and technical support centers, as well as advanced remote monitoring and diagnostic capabilities. For more information, please visit www.bellhowell.net.

About WestView Capital Partners:
WestView Capital Partners, a Boston-based private equity firm focused exclusively on middle market growth companies, manages approximately $1.7 billion in capital across four funds. WestView partners with existing management teams to sponsor minority and majority recapitalizations, growth, and consolidation transactions in industries such as growth industrial, business services, software and IT services, healthcare technology and outsourcing, and consumer. WestView invests in companies with operating profits between $3 million and $25 million with investment sizes ranging from $15 million to $60 million. For more information, please visit www.wvcapital.com.