Windjammer Teams with Caplugs Management For Deal–CORRECTION

Protective Industries’ management, a manufacturer of plastic protection products (“Caplugs”), Windjammer Capital Investors bought the company from ShoreView Capital Partners. Specifics on the transaction were not publicized. Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP acted as legal counsel to Windjammer. Caplugs was advised by Houlihan Lokey Capital, Inc. and the law firm of Sidley Austin LLP.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story mischaracterized the nature of the transaction. We have updated the brief and the press release at Windjammer’s request.


Windjammer Capital Investors (”Windjammer”) is pleased to announce its acquisition of Protective Industries, Inc. (“Caplugs” or the “Company”), a leading manufacturer of plastic protection products. Windjammer acquired Caplugs in partnership with management and certain other investors from ShoreView Capital Partners L.P., a fund managed by ShoreView Industries LLC (“ShoreView”), and other shareholders.

Founded in 1948 in Buffalo, NY, Caplugs has been a leader in the product protection industry for 60 years manufacturing caps, plugs, tubing, containers, edge liners, fasteners, netting, and masking products. The Company’s line of protective closures are used in a wide range of industries and are mission critical to its customers throughout manufacturing, transportation and storage. Caplugs operates through a global footprint of four manufacturing and distribution facilities strategically located on the East and West coasts of the United States and in China. The Company specializes in injection molding, vinyl-dip molding and plastic extrusion, producing approximately 2 billion pieces per year. The business operates on a common tooling platform that enhances Caplugs’ ability to service multinational customers.

“We are excited to partner with the Company’s management team to support its growth initiatives both domestically and internationally,” said Greg Bondick, Managing Director of Windjammer. “The foundation of our investment is the Company’s unmatched product customization capabilities in combination with the broadest catalog of high-quality products and premier customer service which provide a strong value proposition for the Company’s customers. We believe that the Company is well positioned and we look forward to supporting the management team in executing its growth plan.”

Greg Tucholski, CEO of Caplugs, said “We are excited to have Windjammer as our partner. Windjammer’s expertise in working with niche-oriented, middle market companies will provide strategic guidance and resources that will be valuable to us as we continue to expand our business.”

“We have enjoyed our partnership with Caplugs and are proud of the Company’s progress since we acquired the business in 2005” said Bob Davis, Chairman of ShoreView.

Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP acted as legal counsel to Windjammer. Caplugs was advised by Houlihan Lokey Capital, Inc. and the law firm of Sidley Austin LLP.

For additional information regarding Caplugs, please visit their website at

Costa Littas, Greg Bondick, Omar Simmons, Caleb Clark and Daniel Lee worked on the transaction for Windjammer. Greg can be reached at 781-530-9121 or for more information.

Windjammer Capital Investors, with offices in Newport Beach, California and Waltham, Massachusetts, is a national private investment firm that makes control and non-control investments in leading middle market businesses in partnership with management. Founded in 1990, Windjammer manages institutional funds totaling over $1.2 billion of capital and is currently investing out of its latest fund of $575 million which was raised in 2006. In its history, Windjammer has closed on portfolio company investments with an aggregate value exceeding $7 billion. For additional information, please visit Windjammer’s website at

Based in Minneapolis, ShoreView Industries manages $600 million in private equity funds. ShoreView invests in established companies with operations in North America, across a wide range of industries. ShoreView structures a variety of acquisition, recapitalization and build-up transactions, typically in businesses with revenues ranging between $20 million and $300 million. The partners at ShoreView have completed over 75 investments together since 1995. For additional information, please visit ShoreView’s website at