Welcome!

News Feed Item

Hicks Equity Partners and The Riverside Company Partner to Establish H-D Advanced Manufacturing

First Platform Acquisition is Overton Chicago Gear; Partners Seeking Additional Acquisition Opportunities

DALLAS and CLEVELAND, Dec. 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Hicks Equity Partners (Hicks) and The Riverside Company (Riverside) today announced that they have partnered with Christopher DiSantis to establish H-D Advanced Manufacturing Company (H-D), a holding company that will specialize in a wide variety of heavy-duty, precision-engineered industrial components. Simultaneously, they announced that H-D has acquired Overton Chicago Gear Corporation (Overton), a premier manufacturer and distributor of large, custom, mission-critical gears and gearboxes.

Mr. DiSantis, age 41, is an accomplished manufacturing executive who previously served as CEO and President of Latrobe Specialty Metals (Latrobe), a former portfolio company of Hicks. Prior to Latrobe, Mr. DiSantis served as President and COO of Hawk Corporation (Hawk), a former portfolio company of Weinberg Capital Group, which is also an investor in H-D. Both Latrobe and Hawk were highly successful investments under Mr. DiSantis' leadership. The formation of H-D again pairs Mr. DiSantis and Dale Mikus, the former CFO of Latrobe, who will serve as CFO of H-D.

Thomas O. Hicks, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Hicks Equity Partners, said, "The formation of H-D Advanced Manufacturing, with Overton as its foundation, provides an excellent opportunity to create value in the high-precision manufacturing sector. We are very pleased to partner with Riverside in building H-D behind the leadership of Chris DiSantis and Dale Mikus, with whom we have worked successfully in the past, and the management team of Overton. Under this leadership team, we believe H-D is very well positioned to be at the forefront of what we see as a resurgence of U.S. manufacturing."

"Riverside specializes in acquiring middle market companies and providing them with resources that enable them to thrive," said Riverside Partner Tim Gosline. "H-D's acquisition strategy fits squarely with that of Riverside, and we look forward to working with H-D and Overton's management to make this investment a success."

"H-D Advanced Manufacturing is going to build a first class manufacturing company that serves as a strategic supplier to the world's leading industrial companies, both big and small," said Mr. DiSantis. "I can't think of a better company than Overton Chicago Gear to serve as H-D's first acquisition. I look forward to selectively adding other manufacturers of high-quality industrial components to the H-D team and to executing our business strategy."

With a history dating to 1888, Overton manufactures large, high-precision gears that are designed to meet a wide range of requirements for the most challenging applications in the oil and gas, minerals and mining, rail, renewable energy, power generation and infrastructure industries. Customers in these industries require high-precision gears and gearboxes that are durable and reliable enough to withstand harsh operating environments. Overton designs and manufactures custom gears in a wide variety of profiles, including herringbone, bevel, helical, spur and double enveloping worm gears, as well as gearboxes. The company employs more than 200 people at three manufacturing facilities in the Chicago area.

Overton will continue to be led by CEO Louis Ertel. Mr. Ertel said "This transaction is an excellent outcome for our employee stock owners, and I would like to personally thank them for their hard work and dedication to make this transaction possible. As part of H-D Advanced Manufacturing, Overton will be better positioned to build on the strong growth and success it has achieved over the last ten years through added financial strength and management expertise."

As previously announced, Dale Mikus will serve as the CFO of H-D. Mr. Mikus has more than 30 years of financial management experience, including over a decade with PWC, and has held senior financial positions for several large corporations. In addition, Ron Weinberg, Chairman of Weinberg Capital Group, will serve as a director of H-D Advanced Manufacturing.

Hicks and Riverside are actively seeking additional acquisition opportunities for H-D Advanced Manufacturing in the gearing industry and within other heavy duty, high-precision manufacturing sectors.

PNC Business Credit and Babson Capital provided financing for the acquisition of Overton. KPMG, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld and Jones Day advised Hicks and Riverside on the investment.

H-D Advanced Manufacturing Company
H-D Advanced Manufacturing Company seeks to acquire operating companies in the severe duty, high-precision manufacturing sector targeting "mission critical" products and applications. H-D is led by Chris DiSantis, the former CEO of Latrobe Specialty Metals and the former President and COO of Hawk Corporation, and Dale Mikus, the former CFO of Latrobe Specialty Metals. H-D strives to enable its customers to be leaders in their respective industries by providing world class products, excellent customer service, highly responsive lead times and efficient manufacturing operations.

Hicks Equity Partners
Hicks Equity Partners (HEP) is the private equity arm for Hicks Holdings LLC, a holding company for the Thomas O. Hicks family's assets. With 35 years of private equity experience, Mr. Hicks pioneered the "buy and build" strategy of investing and founded Hicks Muse Tate & Furst, which raised more than $12 billion of private equity across six funds and completed over $50 billion of leveraged acquisitions. HEP looks for established companies with proven track records, strong free cash flow characteristics, a strong competitive industry position and an experienced management team looking to partner with long-term capital.

The Riverside Company
The Riverside Company is a global private equity firm focused on acquiring growing businesses valued at up to $200 million (€200 million in Europe). Since its founding in 1988, Riverside has invested in more than 300 transactions. The firm's international portfolio includes more than 70 companies. (http://www.riversidecompany.com or http://www.riversideeurope.com)

Weinberg Capital Group
Weinberg Capital Group is a Cleveland, Ohio based family office that specializes in acquiring well-positioned middle-market companies. The group has an established track record of success in the ownership and growth of global manufacturing enterprises.

Contact:     

Hicks Equity Partners 




The Riverside Company


Mark Semer    




Graham Hearns


Kekst and Company




Managing Director of






Global Marketing and Communications


(212) 521-4800 




(216) 535-2221


[email protected] 




[email protected]

SOURCE Hicks Equity Partners

More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

Latest Stories
There is an ever-growing explosion of new devices that are connected to the Internet using “cloud” solutions. This rapid growth is creating a massive new demand for efficient access to data. And it’s not just about connecting to that data anymore. This new demand is bringing new issues and challenges and it is important for companies to scale for the coming growth. And with that scaling comes the need for greater security, gathering and data analysis, storage, connectivity and, of course, the...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Ericsson has been named “Gold Sponsor” of SYS-CON's @ThingsExpo, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York, New York. Ericsson is a world leader in the rapidly changing environment of communications technology – providing equipment, software and services to enable transformation through mobility. Some 40 percent of global mobile traffic runs through networks we have supplied. More than 1 billion subscribers around the world re...
We’ve worked with dozens of early adopters across numerous industries and will debunk common misperceptions, which starts with understanding that many of the connected products we’ll use over the next 5 years are already products, they’re just not yet connected. With an IoT product, time-in-market provides much more essential feedback than ever before. Innovation comes from what you do with the data that the connected product provides in order to enhance the customer experience and optimize busi...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Peak 10, Inc., a national IT infrastructure and cloud services provider, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 18th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Peak 10 provides reliable, tailored data center and network services, cloud and managed services. Its solutions are designed to scale and adapt to customers’ changing business needs, enabling them to lower costs, improve performance and focus inter...
Increasing IoT connectivity is forcing enterprises to find elegant solutions to organize and visualize all incoming data from these connected devices with re-configurable dashboard widgets to effectively allow rapid decision-making for everything from immediate actions in tactical situations to strategic analysis and reporting. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Shikhir Singh, Senior Developer Relations Manager at Sencha, will discuss how to create HTML5 dashboards that interact with IoT devic...
SYS-CON Events announced today the Docker Meets Kubernetes – Intro into the Kubernetes World, being held June 9, 2016, in conjunction with 18th Cloud Expo | @ThingsExpo, at the Javits Center in New York, NY. Register for 'Docker Meets Kubernetes Workshop' Here! This workshop led by Sebastian Scheele, co-founder of Loodse, introduces participants to Kubernetes (container orchestration). Through a combination of instructor-led presentations, demonstrations, and hands-on labs, participants learn ...
See storage differently! Storage performance problems have only gotten worse and harder to solve as applications have become largely virtualized and moved to a cloud-based infrastructure. Storage performance in a virtualized environment is not just about IOPS, it is about how well that potential performance is guaranteed to individual VMs for these apps as the number of VMs keep going up real time. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Dhiraj Sehgal, in product and marketing at Tintri, will discu...
So, you bought into the current machine learning craze and went on to collect millions/billions of records from this promising new data source. Now, what do you do with them? Too often, the abundance of data quickly turns into an abundance of problems. How do you extract that "magic essence" from your data without falling into the common pitfalls? In her session at @ThingsExpo, Natalia Ponomareva, Software Engineer at Google, will provide tips on how to be successful in large scale machine lear...
Peak 10, Inc., has announced the implementation of IT service management, a business process alignment initiative based on the widely adopted Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) framework. The implementation of IT service management enhances Peak 10’s current service-minded approach to IT delivery by propelling the company to deliver higher levels of personalized and prompt service. The majority of Peak 10’s operations employees have been trained and certified in the ITIL frame...
The increasing popularity of the Internet of Things necessitates that our physical and cognitive relationship with wearable technology will change rapidly in the near future. This advent means logging has become a thing of the past. Before, it was on us to track our own data, but now that data is automatically available. What does this mean for mHealth and the "connected" body? In her session at @ThingsExpo, Lisa Calkins, CEO and co-founder of Amadeus Consulting, will discuss the impact of wea...
In the world of DevOps there are ‘known good practices’ – aka ‘patterns’ – and ‘known bad practices’ – aka ‘anti-patterns.' Many of these patterns and anti-patterns have been developed from real world experience, especially by the early adopters of DevOps theory; but many are more feasible in theory than in practice, especially for more recent entrants to the DevOps scene. In this power panel at @DevOpsSummit at 18th Cloud Expo, moderated by DevOps Conference Chair Andi Mann, panelists will dis...
trust and privacy in their ecosystem. Assurance and protection of device identity, secure data encryption and authentication are the key security challenges organizations are trying to address when integrating IoT devices. This holds true for IoT applications in a wide range of industries, for example, healthcare, consumer devices, and manufacturing. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Lancen LaChance, vice president of product management, IoT solutions at GlobalSign, will teach IoT developers how t...
A critical component of any IoT project is the back-end systems that capture data from remote IoT devices and structure it in a way to answer useful questions. Traditional data warehouse and analytical systems are mature technologies that can be used to handle large data sets, but they are not well suited to many IoT-scale products and the need for real-time insights. At Fuze, we have developed a backend platform as part of our mobility-oriented cloud service that uses Big Data-based approache...
We're entering the post-smartphone era, where wearable gadgets from watches and fitness bands to glasses and health aids will power the next technological revolution. With mass adoption of wearable devices comes a new data ecosystem that must be protected. Wearables open new pathways that facilitate the tracking, sharing and storing of consumers’ personal health, location and daily activity data. Consumers have some idea of the data these devices capture, but most don’t realize how revealing and...
Digital payments using wearable devices such as smart watches, fitness trackers, and payment wristbands are an increasing area of focus for industry participants, and consumer acceptance from early trials and deployments has encouraged some of the biggest names in technology and banking to continue their push to drive growth in this nascent market. Wearable payment systems may utilize near field communication (NFC), radio frequency identification (RFID), or quick response (QR) codes and barcodes...