- Auxo Investment Partners
- Precision Products Group
September 21, 2020 (Indianapolis) — Private investment firm Auxo Investment Partners announced today that it has partnered with the management team in its acquisition of Paramount Tube and Euclid Medical, which operate under the Precision Products Group (PPG) brand. The deal, terms of which were not disclosed, marks Auxo’s seventh acquisition in the firm's inaugural investment fund, Auxo Growth Holdings I LLC, which closed in the fall of 2018.
Paramount Tube is the dominant player for mission-critical, small diameter spiral-wound and extruded tubular products known for providing highly customized, tight tolerance and uniquely shaped solutions. Applications include components for electric motors, transformers, fuses, automotive, single-dosage medications, pharmaceutical packaging, eco-friendly consumer packaging, and military ordinances. Euclid Medical designs, engineers and manufactures highly engineered automated single- and multi-dose pharmaceutical packing systems driven by proprietary software for use in hospitals, retail pharmacies, and long-term care facilities. Euclid Medical also converts medical-grade films into consumable unit-dose pharmaceutical packaging.
PPG's roots date back to 1888 and the invention of the spiral wound straw by Marvin Stone. Today, the company serves customers around the globe from facilities in Indianapolis, Apple Creek, Ohio, Ft. Wayne, Ind., and Huizhou, China.
"We selected Auxo as our partner because of their desire to support our vision for growth and the values our organizations share," said Dave Hooe, CEO of PPG, who will continue in his leadership role. "We think Auxo's hands-on investment approach will bolster our ability to aggressively pursue our growth plan and ensure a prosperous future for our company and for our long-standing employees."
Industry-Leading Engineering and Production Capabilities, Untapped Markets Fuel Growth
With Hooe's track record of building PPG into a recognized industry leader, Auxo saw numerous opportunities to continue to expand the business. In partnership with Auxo, PPG will aggressively pursue continued growth by expanding its process capabilities and introducing specialized materials application knowledge and custom engineering solutions to new markets.
"We were immediately impressed with PPG’s unique capabilities and dominant market position," said Auxo Managing Partner Jeff Helminski. "It's clear the company’s values are closely aligned with ours -- and its success has been driven by the leadership team’s unrelenting pursuit of excellence and customer service. We’re excited to work with Dave and his team to honor the legacy they have built and support them in leveraging their unique capabilities to expand their global footprint both organically and acquisitively."
"We couldn’t be more thrilled to be working with the PPG team," added Auxo Managing Partner Jack Kolodny. "This is exactly the kind of company we had in mind when we formed Auxo -- and we look forward to being an active and additive partner in the continued growth of an already outstanding company."
Advisors and lenders on the transaction included Brown Gibbons Lang and Company, Miller Johnson PLC, Barnes & Thornburg LLP, BDO USA LLP, Greyrock Capital Group, Mercantile Bank, Aon Plc, Krauter & Co, and JW Terrill.
Since its founding and prior to purchasing Paramount Tube and Euclid Medical, Auxo previously acquired six companies, including a platform of industry-leading cutting die manufacturers, comprised of Bernal Rotary Dies, Atlas Die, Atlas flex, and Midway Rotary Die Solutions; M/G Transport Services, a leading inland barge transportation and logistics company; Prestige Stamping, a high-speed manufacturer of custom engineered stampings for the fastener industry; and Andrie, the premier Great Lakes marine services company serving customers with challenging safety and specialty material handling and transportation requirements.
A Long-Term, Collaborative Approach
Auxo was named after the ancient Greek goddess of growth and the firm seeks to partner with companies that meet the following investment criteria:
- North America-based
- Manufacturing, industrial, value-added distribution or business services industries
- EBITDA (cash flow) of $2.0-$15 million
- Owner-operators seeking retirement or family succession planning solutions; or existing teams seeking to grow their businesses
- Prefer majority-control investments but will consider select minority-partner opportunities
About Auxo Investment Partners
Auxo Investment Partners is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based private investment firm that partners with owners and management teams of companies at transition points in their history. Auxo works to instill the infrastructure, processes and talent needed to help them grow to their full potential with a long- term investment approach. Auxo’s unique philosophy aligns the interests of its companies, their employees, the communities in which they are located and its investors to achieve optimal outcomes for all. As our name reflects, we are not merely investors, but partners. For more information, please visit www.auxopartners.com
John E. Corey