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Woodbridge International Closes Sale of Prairie Technology Group to Applied Adhesives

Woodbridge International, a global mergers and acquisitions firm, is pleased to announce the acquisition of its client, Prairie Technology Group Inc., by Applied Adhesives, a division of Applied Products, Inc.

Prairie Technology Group, located in Hutto, Texas, is a leading supplier of epoxy, polyurethane, acrylic adhesives, release agents, silicones and sealants. Since 1984, Prairie Technology has served accounts throughout the world. Key customers operate in industries such as boat manufacturing, heavy-duty truck bodies, turbine blades, water treatment tanks, aerospace and others.

“Prairie Technology Group has a long-standing reputation as a strong value-added supplier of adhesives and sealants to the Product Assembly/Durable Goods market segments. We intend to build upon Prairie’s strengths and expand our value-proposition throughout the US and Mexico,” said Brian Webb, President of Applied Adhesives. “We look forward to continuing our shared tradition of providing innovative technology, exceptional customer service, and industry-leading solutions to our customers.”

Applied Adhesives’ acquisition of Prairie Technology Group marks its fourth acquisition in the past 12 months, following the acquisitions of Adhesive Brokers, United Adhesive Products and Pacific Adhesives.

Founded in 1971, Applied Adhesives provides innovative and cost-effective adhesive solutions to customers throughout North America via the company’s partnerships with the world’s premier adhesive manufacturers.

Woodbridge International’s ground-breaking approach to marketing a company globally has transformed the way the sell-side M&A industry does business.

Woodbridge International Closes Sale of Gasser & Sons to MavenHill Capital

Woodbridge International, a global mergers and acquisitions firm, is pleased to announce the acquisition of its client, Gasser & Sons by MavenHill Capital.

Gasser & Sons, located in Commack, NY and operated by the Gasser family since 1916, specializes in the manufacturing of advanced housings and components for the medical, dental, security, NDT, industrial and analytical industries, as well as component housings for communications, nuclear and other highly technical industries. Additionally, the company produces high precision assemblies and components used in electro-optical, guidance, detector, navigational, targeting, night vision, missile, and fuse assemblies for various defense platforms. Combined with a full suite of metal forming and complex assembly capabilities, Gasser & Sons provides the highest level of quality for complex components used in demanding applications.

“We value the Gasser family’s commitment to the business for over a century and are grateful for the opportunity to carry on the traditions that have made the company the industry leader that it is today.” said MavenHill Managing Partner Jay Studdard.

MavenHill Capital is a private equity firm specializing in later stage, mature, growth capital, leveraged buyouts, recapitalizations, divestitures, and lower middle market investments. The firm seeks to invest in industrial, consumer and business services.

Woodbridge International’s ground-breaking approach to marketing a company globally has transformed the way the sell-side M&A industry does business.

Woodbridge International Closes Sale of Fun Spot Manufacturing LLC to ABEO

Woodbridge International, a global mergers and acquisitions firm, is pleased to announce the acquisition of its client, Fun Spot Manufacturing LLC by ABEO.

Fun Spot, located in Hartwell, GA, specializes in the design and manufacture and distribution of equipment for amusement parks and particularly trampoline parks: trampolines, Ninja courses, climbing walls and boulders. With over 460 parks designed worldwide for a diversified customer base of franchisees and independent owners, Fun Spot is a leading player in the Sportainmentsector.

ABEO Group CEO Olivier Estèves said: “This acquisition is fully in tune with the strategic ambitions we have set ourselves. It is aimed at strengthening ABEO’s footprint on the North American continent and at developing our business in Sportainment, a future sector with major growth potential. It is totally in line with the Group’s priorities.

ABEO, a French Group, is a world leader in sports and leisure equipment.
The Group now markets its products to over 100 countries.

Woodbridge International’s ground-breaking approach to marketing a company globally has transformed the way the sell-side M&A industry does business.

Woodbridge International Closes Sale of Complete Packaging & Shipping Supplies

Woodbridge International, a global mergers and acquisitions firm, is pleased to announce the acquisition of its client, Complete Packaging & Shipping Supplies, by an investment group led by Mitchel Mankosa.

Complete Packaging, located in Freeport, New York is a large-scale distributor of hardware and tools, packaging supplies, electronics, office supplies and other products serving the U.S. government and
commercial companies.

Mitch Mankosa spent the last 25 years in printing, flexible packaging, pharmaceutical packaging, and rigid plastic packaging. Earlier, he worked in the consumer products industry, and spent seven years as an officer in the U.S. Army after graduating from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York. The buyer group is 50% veteran-owned which will allow Complete Packaging to obtain veteran-owned/small business status in selling to its many government customers.

Woodbridge International’s ground-breaking approach to marketing a company globally has transformed the way the sell-side M&A industry does business.

Woodbridge International Closes Sale of York Analytical Laboratories to TerraNova Partners

Woodbridge International, a global mergers and acquisitions firm, is pleased to announce the acquisition of its client, York Analytical Laboratories, Inc. by TerraNova Partners LP.

York Analytical Laboratories is one of the leading environmental laboratories in the Northeast serving environmental professionals, developers and industrial companies in the NY/NJ/CT Tri-state area since 1990. In 2017, York was the first full service NELAC laboratory to conduct analyses in New York City with licensing for volatile organic compounds in air (TO-15 analyses), groundwater, drinking water and soil samples.

“The resources and financial expertise that TerraNova brings to York allows us to accelerate growth to better meet market demand and expand service offerings to maximize long-standing relationships in greater New York City,” said Michael J. Beckerich, Chief Executive Officer of York Analytical Laboratories. “TerraNova’s interest in building and growing what we have already started was a very attractive approach for our staff and to retain continuity with client projects, and will allow us to continue to delight our customers.”

TerraNova Partners is an operationally-focused private equity investment firm that invests in companies with strong growth prospects and excellent people. TerraNova operates out of New York City and Toronto, Canada.

Woodbridge International’s ground-breaking approach to marketing a company globally has transformed the way the sell-side M&A industry does business.

Woodbridge International Announces Promotion of Tex Sekhon

Woodbridge International, a leading middle-market global mergers and acquisition firm, is pleased to announce the promotion of Tex Sekhon to Senior Vice President Closer. Tex will continue to be responsible for assisting clients in managing prospective buyers of their businesses and bringing transactions to an organized, efficient and timely closing.

“Over the last 10 years Tex has brought a well-rounded background with a high-level of expertise and professionalism to this role,” said Andy Buchholtz, Head of Negotiation & Closing, Woodbridge International. “His exceptional talents in mergers & acquisitions, financial modeling, business analysis, client management and corporate development have been well recognized.”

Since 1995, Tex has served as a director or observer on the Board of Directors of 12 portfolio companies and one Small Business Investment Company (SBIC). Tex has been instrumental in the structuring and funding of numerous entrepreneurial endeavors.
Tex has industry expertise in aviation and technology and holds a BA in Business Administration from the University of North Texas.

Woodbridge International’s ground-breaking approach to marketing a company globally has transformed the way the sell-side M&A industry does business.

For more information, please contact us at mconnelly@woodbridgegrp.com

Woodbridge International Hires Angie Zribi to Expand and Strengthen its Email Marketing

Woodbridge International, a leading middle-market global mergers and acquisition firm, is pleased to announce and welcome Angie Zribi as Email Marketing Specialist. Angie will be responsible for managing all Woodbridge’s Email campaigns as well as generating reports on campaign metrics.

“Angie brings several years of experience in email marketing platforms though Constant Contact, Campaign Monitor, and Mail Chimp managing multiple campaigns.,” said Marni Connelly, Managing Director/Operations, Woodbridge International. “Her proven history of data-driven decision making and a deep understanding of Email analytics have made her the right fit.”

Prior to joining Woodbridge, Angie has held marketing roles in the life sciences and medical device sector, working with major OEMs, contract manufacturers, and funded startups.

Angie holds a BA from Providence College.

Woodbridge International’s ground-breaking approach to marketing a company globally has transformed the way the sell-side M&A industry does business.

For more information, please contact us at mconnelly@woodbridgegrp.com

Woodbridge International Announces Multiple Promotions

Woodbridge International, a global mergers and acquisitions firm, has appointed Brie Campbell as Marketing Associate Team Leader and Ben Gutekunst as Business Development Executive.

Brie Campbell joined Woodbridge in 2017, and in a short period of time as a marketing associate, consistently obtained a record number of bids from potential buyers.
“We are confident Brie’s background, experience and superb execution abilities are well suited to lead the next phase of the company’s growth and success,” said Marni Connelly, Managing Director/Operations. In her new role, Brie will have three direct reports.

Ben Gutekunst joined Woodbridge in 2018 as a marketing associate and immediately took a proactive role in driving business expansion, ensuring the future success of Woodbridge International.

“I want to congratulate Ben on his promotion, said Don Krier, Managing Director. I firmly believe we can rely on Ben’s innovative and client centric mindset to push boundaries and surpass our goals.” In his new role, Ben will have four direct reports.

Woodbridge International Closes Sale of McVeigh Associates to Fourth Wall Events and WorldTek Events

Woodbridge International, a global mergers and acquisitions firm, is pleased to announce the acquisition of its client, McVeigh Associates by Fourth Wall Events and WorldTek Events.

McVeigh Associates, located in Long Island, New York, is an industry leader in strategic meeting management, has been named to the “CMI 25” list since 2007 [an annual listing of the largest and most influential full-service meeting and incentive travel management companies]. For more than 28 years, McVeigh Associates has partnered with top Fortune 500 companies by delivering customized, enterprise-wide, comprehensive meeting and group travel management services and value- added branding for their global clients’ international meeting efforts.

“Creating this synergy with the like-minded and highly respected industry veterans that we have at the table will only provide a more robust global solution for our clients moving forward,” said Frank McVeigh, former President & CEO of McVeigh Associates.

Fourth Wall Events in New York City and WorldTek Events in New Haven CT have merged and together, the combined companies have formed McVeigh Global Meetings and Events, LLC.

The unique blending of corresponding services (venue sourcing, logistics, association management, sponsorship sales, audio/visual, production and air travel management) will provide the MICE industry with a centralized platform to fulfill meeting and events business needs on a global scale.

Woodbridge International Closes Sale of AVFX to Harbor Beach Capital

Woodbridge International, a global mergers and acquisitions firm, is pleased to announce the acquisition of its client, AVFX LLC ((“AVFX”) by Harbor Beach Capital, LLC.

AVFX, located in Boston, Massachusetts, provides event technology services, including audio, visual and lighting production and staging services for corporate events, trade shows, exhibits and meetings, primarily in North America.

AVFX was founded over 35 years ago by Murray Lapides who, along with AVFX’s management team, successfully grew the company from a predominantly Boston-focused audio-visual staging company into a well-recognized event technology services business supporting corporate and institutional clients throughout North America. Steve Halling, who has served as President of AVFX for the past eight years, will continue to lead AVFX going forward as CEO, and Tom Peckham, who has been with AVFX for 35 years, will continue in his role as General Manager.

“We are thrilled to announce this transaction with Harbor Beach Capital,” said Murray Lapides, former CEO & CTO of AVFX. “Brian Urbanek and his team understand the unique qualities that makes AVFX successful and bring the ability to help us grow AVFX and expand our national presence.”

Harbor Beach Capital is a private equity firm specializing in control investments, in lower middle market companies. They partner and align their interests with talented management teams to help companies reach their full potential and create long-term value. They take an active approach and commit the required resources, to each investment, to help drive growth and operating efficiencies