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September 8, 2014

Pro Mach acquires Pace Packaging... Read More »

Clarity Corporate Growth initiated the transaction, assisted in the negotiations and acted as the exclusive financial advisor to Pro Mach.

September 8, 2014 Cincinnati, OH – Pro Mach, Inc, announced today that it has acquired Pace Packaging, a leading global manufacturer of automated bottle unscramblers and related bottle handling equipment.

Pace Packaging, based in Fairfield, NJ was founded more than 40 years ago. Pace built its reputation on manufacturing high-quality, innovative systems that deliver high-speed performance for a wide variety of bottle types and product applications. In addition to unscramblers and orientors, Pace also manufactures conveyor cleaning systems for filling and bottling lines.

Pace joins Pro Mach's Bottling & Capping Group alongside Pro Mach brands Federal, Fowler and Zalkin.

Clarity developed a trust rapport with Pace's ownership – understanding the company’s key success drivers and the type of investor partner they were looking for. We matched these deal features with Pro Mach and supported the due diligence process.

"Clarity recognized a great potential fit between Pro Mach and Pace Packaging." Said Clarity President Rich Sheiman "Pro Mach has steadily expanded its capabilities related to high speed bottling lines, providing an excellent platform for commercial synergies."

"We are an active acquirer having completed thirteen acquisitions since 2011 - five of which were sourced by Clarity" commented Mark Anderson, President and CEO of Pro Mach, Inc. "We know how difficult it is to develop high quality acquisition opportunities. Clarity is very effective at identifying appropriate targets and opening a dialog with ownership"

About Clarity Corporate Growth
Founded in 1994, Clarity offers a unique combination of custom market research and M&A advisory services. With roots in industrial manufacturing and allied business services, our team of investment bankers and research professionals leverage keen market insight and an expansive network of contacts to assist clients in driving organic growth and strategic acquisition initiatives. For more information about Clarity, visit our website at www.claritycorporategrowth.com

About Pro Mach
Pro Mach is a leading provider of integrated packaging products and solutions for food, beverage, household good, pharmaceutical, and other diverse consumer and industrial companies. Pro Mach provides equipment, training, installation and parts in primary packaging, end of line packaging, and product identification & tracking. For more information about Pro Mach, visit its website at www.promachinc.com

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April 15, 2013

Advent International acquires NCS Energy Services... Read More »

Clarity Corporate Growth initiated the transaction, acted as the buy side advisor to Sorenson Capital and co-invested in the transaction.

April 15, 2013

Ithaca, NY – Clarity announced today that Sorenson Capital has successfully exited its investment in NCS Energy Services. NCS was acquired by Advent International. The NCS investment yielded an outstanding return and was realized in 24 months.

NCS is a provider of downhole tools and services for the Oil & Gas industry.

“Clarity knew that Sorenson had a keen interest in technology driven companies in this fast growing market. Once Clarity facilitated a dialog between the parties, a transaction was completed in less than 90 days. Sorenson was the ideal investment partner for NCS – driving a swift and decisive value creation plan.”

Mark Ludwig, Managing Director at Sorenson Capital, added “Clarity played an important role in facilitating our investment in NCS Energy Services.  We were able to leverage Clarity’s warm introduction and existing relationship with the management team to efficiently work through the transaction process.

We have a great confidence in Clarity’s ability to understand Sorenson’s investment strategies at a granular level and enunciate these strategies and merits of working with us to closely held businesses.”

About Clarity Corporate Growth

Founded in 1994, Clarity offers custom market research, buy-side M&A advisory services, and co-investment capital to Private Equity and Corporate clients.  With roots in industrial manufacturing and allied services, our team of investment bankers and research professionals leverage keen market insight and an expansive network of contacts to assist clients in driving organic growth and strategic acquisition initiatives. For more information about Clarity, visit our website at www.claritycorporategrowth.com

About Sorenson Capital

Sorenson Capital is a private equity firm headquartered in Salt Lake City, UT. Sorenson provides small to middle market buyout and growth equity investments. Sorenson’s goal is to partner with management teams to invest for the long term in companies that have established strategic positions, strong growth characteristics, attractive margins, and healthy industry dynamics. www.sorensoncapital.com

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June 5, 2012

Kaydon Corp (NYSE:KDN) acquires Fabreeka Group... Read More »

Clarity Corporate Growth initiated the transaction and assisted in the due diligence in a buy side advisor role to Kaydon Corporation.

June 5, 2012

Ann Arbor, MI – Kaydon Corporation announced today that it has acquired Fabreeka Group Holdings.

Fabreeka, based in Stoughton, MA, is a leading provider of engineered vibration-isolation and shock control products, including isolation pads, metal isolators, and highly engineered vibration solutions serving a diverse customer base across numerous end-markets including test and measurement, industrial machinery, manufacturing, precision equipment, and aerospace and defense. Fabreeka had sales of approximately $27 million in 2011 and will join Kaydon’s Velocity Control Products segment.

The $54 million acquisition is expected to be accretive in the first twelve months of ownership.

Kaydon Chairman and Chief Executive Officer James O’Leary stated “Clarity was instrumental to this transaction, recognized the strategic fit and facilitated a direct dialog with the owners on Kaydon’s behalf. Clarity assisted us in developing targeted proprietary acquisition deal flow and has consistently delivered valuable and trusted input to our corporate development process.”

About Clarity Corporate Growth

Founded in 1994, Clarity offers custom market research, buy-side M&A advisory services, and co-investment capital to Private Equity and Corporate clients.  With roots in industrial manufacturing and allied services, our team of investment bankers and research professionals leverage keen market insight and an expansive network of contacts to assist clients in driving organic growth and strategic acquisition initiatives. For more information about Clarity, visit our website at www.claritycorporategrowth.com

About Kaydon

Kaydon Corporation is a leading designer and manufacturer of custom engineered performance-critical products, supplying a broad and diverse group of alternative-energy, industrial, aerospace, medical and electronic equipment, and aftermarket customers. www.kaydon.com

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May 18, 2012

A.W. Chesterton divests PF&L to Cass Polymers... Read More »

Clarity Corporate Growth acted as the exclusive financial advisor to A.W. Chesterton

May 18, 2012

Woburn, MA – Clarity Corporate Growth, an M&A advisory firm, has announced that Protective Flooring & Linings (PF&L), a division of A.W. Chesterton Company, has been sold to CASS Polymers, Inc.

Headquartered in De Pere, WI, PF&L is a leading manufacturer of high performance industrial flooring and lining products. The company utilizes proprietary epoxy and vinylester formulations to address a range of challenging surface protection applications in pharmaceutical, food & beverage, water, waste water, chemical, pulp & paper, and industrial environments.

Brian O’Donnell, President & CEO of A.W. Chesterton commented “We met Clarity many years ago when they were assisting Dover Corporation from the buy side in its acquisition of Chesterton’s System One pump division. We were impressed by Clarity’s market research skills. Clarity’s industrial market focus and attentiveness to detail were key success factors for the PF&L transaction. We consider Clarity to be a trusted partner as Chesterton continually hones our focus and as we pursue profitable and synergistic growth opportunities.”

About Clarity Corporate Growth

Founded in 1994, Clarity offers custom market research, buy-side M&A advisory services, and co-investment capital to Private Equity and Corporate clients.  With roots in industrial manufacturing and allied services, our team of investment bankers and research professionals leverage keen market insight and an expansive network of contacts to assist clients in driving organic growth and strategic acquisition initiatives. For more information about Clarity, visit our website at www.claritycorporategrowth.com

About A.W. Chesterton

Since 1884, Chesterton has been providing value-driven solutions to meet industry's needs. Chesterton solutions have been implemented around the world with documented success and recognition. Increasing equipment reliability, optimizing energy consumption, and providing local technical support and service are what Chesterton offers industry worldwide.

About Cass Polymers

CASS Polymers and subsidiaries have been leaders in formulating, manufacturing and marketing complex industrial composites, specialty adhesives and polymer coatings since the 1950’s. CASS brands include Supercoat, Adtech, Milamar Adhesives, Bacon Industries, Spartite, TCC and Polymax.

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June 13, 2011

Vaupell acquires Russell Plastics... Read More »

Clarity Corporate Growth initiated the transaction on the behalf of H.I.G. Capital.

June 13, 2011

Miami, FL – H.I.G Capital announced today that its portfolio company Vaupell Holdings, Inc. (Vaupell) has acquired Russell Plastics Technology Company, Inc. (Russell).

Joe Jahn, CEO of Vaupell, stated “This acquisition is the culmination of a focused initiative to pursue a strategic combination with a technical supplier of composite plastics products. We see growing demand for light-weight, structurally tough composite parts in all of our market segments, especially in aerospace and defense. We believe this acquisition will allow us to better support our customers on a global basis.”

Rich Sheiman, President of Clarity, added “When Clarity established the dialog with Al Bozza, Russell’s President and shareholder, we recognized compelling synergies with Vaupell. Enunciating these synergies helped ownership embrace the merits of this transaction.” Fabian de Armas, Principal at H.I.G. Capital added “The Clarity team added significant value to our Vaupell investment by introducing a strategically important add-on acquisition.  We greatly appreciate their efforts and look forward to working with them on future transactions." About Clarity Corporate Growth

Founded in 1994, Clarity offers custom market research, buy-side M&A advisory services, and co-investment capital to Private Equity and Corporate clients.  With roots in industrial manufacturing and allied services, our team of investment bankers and research professionals leverage keen market insight and an expansive network of contacts to assist clients in driving organic growth and strategic acquisition initiatives. For more information about Clarity, visit our website at www.claritycorporategrowth.com

About Vaupell

Vaupell is a world leader in the supply of sophisticated plastics products and assemblies to the aerospace, defense, medical and commercial markets. Vaupell's capabilities include: rapid prototyping, prototype and short run machining and casting, domestic and offshore tool design and build, custom fixtures and gauges, as well as injection molding and contract manufacturing for small to large volume production. Vaupell is headquartered in Seattle, WA with facilities in Hudson, NH; Agawam, MA; Constantine, MI; Sanger, TX and a joint venture in Shenzhen, China. For more information on this company, please visit www.vaupell.com.

About Russell Plastics Technologies Company, Inc.

Russell Plastics is a leading supplier of composite products and assemblies primarily for the aerospace and military markets. The Company offers product design, compression and lay-up tooling, and manufacturing services in the composite plastics market. Russell is headquartered in Lindenhurst, NY. For more information on this company, please visit www.russellplastics.com.

About H.I.G. Capital

H.I.G. Capital is a leading global private equity investment firm with more than $8.5 billion of equity capital under management. Based in Miami, and with offices in Atlanta, Boston, New York, and San Francisco in the U.S., as well as affiliate offices in London, Hamburg and Paris in Europe, H.I.G. specializes in providing capital to small and medium-sized companies with attractive growth potential. H.I.G. invests in management-led buyouts and recapitalizations of profitable and well managed manufacturing or service businesses. H.I.G. also has extensive experience with financial restructurings and operational turnarounds. Since its founding in 1993, H.I.G. invested in and managed more than 200 companies worldwide. The firm's current portfolio includes more than 50 companies with combined revenues in excess of $8 billion. For more information, please refer to the H.I.G. website at www.higcapital.com.

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