WynnChurch Capital Invests in Detroit Tool Metal Products

Wynnchurch Capital, a Chicago-based private equity firm, said on Friday that it is planning to make a series of investments in Detroit Tool Metal Products, Co, which it previously acquired. The investments will be made in partnership with the company’s management team. No financial terms were disclosed. Bank of the West provided senior debt financing for the transaction while Bank of Montreal provided mezzanine financing and an equity co-investment. Based in Lebanon, Missouri, Detroit Tool Metal Products is a provider of precision metal stampings and components for the truck, construction, industrial, and agricultural sectors.


CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Wynnchurch Capital (“Wynnchurch”), a Chicago-based private equity firm with offices in Dallas, Detroit, and Toronto, and an affiliate office in Montreal, announced the first in a series of planned investments in the metal fabrication space with the acquisition of Detroit Tool Metal Products, Co. (“DTMP” or the “Company”) in partnership with a management team led by Chief Executive Officer Terry Wogan. Wynnchurch is backing Wogan’s team of industry experts to build one of the largest Tier 1 fabrication businesses in North America. John Hatherly, Founding Partner of Wynnchurch stated, “We are excited to partner with this experienced group of managers and support the rollout of their proven operating model. We are confident that together we can create a true leader in the metal fabrication space.” Wogan’s executive group includes Dani Goldsmith (Chief Operating & Financial Officer), Marty Kozarec (Vice President of Sales) and Don Miller (Vice President of Engineering). Long-time colleagues with backgrounds in the automotive industry, the team has developed a Lean-based operations model that delivers automotive quality and delivery to the standard tool metal fabrication space. “DTMP has a strong position in attractive markets. We are excited to partner with Terry and his team as they work to grow and improve the business,” said Brian Crumbaugh, Vice President with Wynnchurch.
Wynnchurch and Wogan intend to leverage the team’s operating track record to make strategic acquisitions and build a unique fabrication platform the likes of which does not currently exist in a space dominated by smaller operators. “DTMP is the perfect asset to serve as the cornerstone of our platform. The Company serves industry leaders in the Heavy Truck, Agriculture and Construction sectors from its centralized location in Missouri and has process capabilities spanning medium to heavy fabrication as well as stamping,” added Terry Wogan. The transaction closed in June 2013. Terms of the investment were not disclosed.
Senior debt financing for the transaction was provided by Bank of the West. Bank of Montreal provided mezzanine financing and an equity co-investment. Lindquist & Vennum LLP served as legal counsel to Wynnchurch.
About Detroit Tool: Founded in 1947, Lebanon, MO based Detroit Tool Metal Products is a leading, full-service manufacturer of precision metal stampings, fabricated components and value-added assemblies for the heavy truck, construction, industrial, and agricultural end-markets. For more information, please visit: www.dtmp.com.
About Wynnchurch Capital: Wynnchurch Capital, headquartered in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont, Illinois with offices in Dallas, Detroit and Toronto, and an affiliate office in Montreal, was founded in 1999 and is a leading middle-market private equity investment firm. Wynnchurch’s strategy is to partner with middle market companies in the United States and Canada which have outstanding management teams and possess the potential for substantial growth and profit improvement. Wynnchurch focuses on investments in niche manufacturing, business and industrial services, energy and power services, logistics, transportation and value-added distribution. Wynnchurch manages a number of private equity funds with capital under management in excess of $1 billion specializing in management buyouts, recapitalizations, corporate carve-outs, restructurings and growth capital. For more information, please visit: www.wynnchurch.com.