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Woodbridge International Closes Sale of Magnum Engineering and Controls to The Brandt Companies

Woodbridge International, a global mergers and acquisitions firm, is pleased to announce the acquisition of its client, Magnum Engineering and Controls, by The Brandt Companies, LLC.

Magnum, headquartered in Schertz, Texas, is a leader in electrical, mechanical and industrial control systems engineering. For over 20 years, the company has provided clients with the highest level of consulting services. In addition, Magnum offers on-site commissioning, field startup, support services, and operates a full-service custom panel fabrication shop.

“Rick Hannasch, co-founder of Magnum said, “Our team is thrilled to be part of such a strong organization. Magnum complements Brandt’s business model, and their culture very much aligns with our values and approach to exceeding customer expectations. We are very excited about our partnership with Brandt.”

Since its founding in 1952, Texas-based Brandt has become a powerhouse in mechanical, electrical, and plumbing solutions for large commercial and industrial construction projects. Under the leadership of Barry Moore, CEO of Brandt, the combined companies will focus on profitable growth, cross- selling opportunities, and career growth for employees.

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 Cloud Solutions/Data Center Company

Woodbridge International, a global mergers and acquisitions firm, is pleased to announce the acquisition of its client, a provider of cloud-based solutions and data centers, by an enterprise IT solutions company.

Woodbridge’s client provides comprehensive hosting, colocation and managed IaaS to more than 3,000 clients worldwide. The Company was among the first to build interconnectivity with most of the world’s largest telcos on its IP backbone.

The buyer is a leading integrator of enterprise software designed to streamline back-office processes. They have a 30-year history of successfully partnering with hundreds of public sector and commercial clients.

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 Welcomes New Partner Kyle Richard

Woodbridge International is pleased to announce that Kyle Richard has been named Managing Director/Partner – Underwriting. Kyle has served as the Director of Underwriting since May, 2017 and has been instrumental in building Woodbridge’s internal underwriting department into one of the best in the country – one with a record of continuous integrity.

The announcement comes as Woodbridge continues to ramp up its capacity to serve the company’s rapidly expanding client portfolio.

In his new capacity, Mr. Richard will also assume the role of CFO for the Company, in addition to overseeing the underwriting strategy for all clients brought to market. Kyle will continue to build Woodbridge’s presence as a market leader while also working to expand Woodbridge’s business on a national basis.

This promotion reflects our confidence in Kyle’s judgment and underwriting skills,” said Robert Koenig, CEO. “His work in complex transactions has reflected superior skill and dedication. We look forward to his continued success.”

The firm’s expansion over the past two years and growing number of assignments have created the need to add another professional to the firm’s senior management team.

Kyle is a proven leader with an outstanding vision for our underwriting department,” said Robert Koenig. “He will undoubtedly continue his remarkable history of delivering seamless client service, creating process efficiencies, spearheading new offerings, and enhancing our world-class underwriting model. His experience and reputation as an innovator will serve him well.”

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 Closers Neil Dennis & Brian Van Allen to Advise its Expanding Sell-Side M&A Client Base

Woodbridge International, a leading middle-market global mergers and acquisition firm, is pleased to announce the appointments of Neil Dennis and Brian Van Allen as Directors of Sell-side M&A. They will report to Andrew J. Buchholtz, Partner, Head of Negotiation & Closing. Neil and Brian will be responsible for assisting our clients in managing prospective buyers of their businesses and bringing transactions to an organized, efficient, and timely closing.
“Neil and Brian both bring a well-rounded background with a high-level of expertise and professionalism to their roles,” said Andy Buchholtz.” “Their exceptional talents in mergers & acquisitions, financial modeling, business analysis, client management and corporate development have made them the right fit.”
Prior to joining Woodbridge, Neil was a Vice President for State Street Corporation and was responsible for negotiations, strategy and business development for large asset management and institutional clients. Previous to State Street, Neil was a mergers and acquisitions principal with Allianz SE, executing both strategic and financial transactions across a variety of segments and geographical locations. Neil holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Kansas in Business Administration and an MBA from W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University.
Prior to joining Woodbridge, Brian was a Partner in a Canadian-based private equity firm while holding the position of Director, Corporate Development with Canada’s largest technology company, Constellation Software. He holds an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Wilfrid Laurier University and will work out of our Toronto (Mississauga) office.
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 Closes Sale of Farallon Nicaragua to Cooke Inc

Woodbridge International, a global mergers and acquisitions firm, is pleased to announce the acquisition of its client, Farallon Nicaragua, by Cooke Inc, a parent of Cooke Aquaculture Inc.

Farallon Aquaculture de Nicaragua S.A. (“Farallon Nicaragua”), headquartered in Leon, Nicaragua, is a vertically integrated producer of farmed shrimp and a leading supplier of branded fresh-frozen shrimp to major markets in Asia, Europe and the U.S.

“Farallon Nicaragua is a company guided by the highest international standards in environment, health, security, and quality – all attributes shared with our existing aquaculture and wild seafood fishery divisions,” said Glenn Cooke, CEO of Cooke Inc. “With their long-term expertise in the shrimp market, and emphasis on continuous innovation, Farallon is well positioned to support our expansion in the shrimp market to supply high quality, sustainable seafood.”

The Cooke Inc. family of companies includes global aquaculture divisions including its wholly-owned subsidiary Cooke Aquaculture Inc. and Kelly Cove Salmon Ltd., as well as seafood and wild fishery divisions under Cooke Seafood USA, Inc., Icicle Seafoods, Inc., Wanchese Fish Company, Inc. and Omega Protein Corporation. Cooke Aquaculture Inc. was recently recognized as the top private growth company in Canada by Grant Thornton and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

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 Economy Dentures

Woodbridge International, a global mergers and acquisitions firm, is pleased to announce the acquisition of its client, Economy Dentures LLC, by a strategic buyer.

Economy Dentures, located in Jacksonville, Florida has built a well-recognized brand that is respected for its consistent, superior level of care and competitive pricing. The company’s largest location is in Jacksonville with other clinics in Hudson, Kissimmee, Lake Mary and South Daytona.

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 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.

Brie Campbell Promoted to Vice President, Client Marketing for Woodbridge International

Woodbridge International, a global mergers and acquisitions firm, is pleased to announce that Brie Campbell has been promoted to Vice President, Client Marketing, effective immediately. In her new role Brie will direct strategy and oversee all marketing associates.

Brie Campbell joined Woodbridge in 2017 as a marketing associate and consistently brought huge levels of enthusiasm as well as obtained a record number of bids for clients from potential buyers. More bids result in a higher price and a better fit. She was quickly promoted to Team Leader with three direct reports.

“Brie’s mix of humility, creative thinking and determined attitude make her well suited to lead the next generation that will be driving the company’s future growth and success,” said Marni Connelly, Managing Director/Partner, Research & Marketing.

Campbell said she’s excited for the new role as Vice President, Client Marketing for several reasons. “We have a team that is focused on the client’s success and our growth is a reflection of that. Their self-motivation and the work ethic of our group makes it easy to step into the lead role where everyone is closely aligned to a single goal: to generate the most bids for our clients than ever before.”

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