Holding Company Overview

Currently totals 6 companies in 7 lines of business. Our first acquisition was in 1993. Since that time we have made 17 purchases, including add-ons and minority investments.

We are long-term builders of businesses.

Our Businesses

Acquired December 2020

The Company is a formulator and manufacturer of specialty industrial chemicals.

Acquired September 2020
Southeast (Add-On)

The Company is a specialty distributor focusing on the swim team and aquatic industry.

Acquired June 2020
Southeast (Add-On)

BB Industries, LLC acquired a specialty distributor of tools, materials and supplies to stone fabricators and its key employees.

Acquired December 2018
Midwest (Add-On)

The Company provides the most comprehensive service and product selection for lifeguards, swim teams and swim facilities.

Acquired March 2016
Wheeling, IL

Hawk Research Laboratories is the leading supplier of bathtub, tile, countertop and kitchen cabinet refinishing paints and coatings. The Company’s acrylic urethanes and adhesive coatings are used for residential, commercial and industrial painting applications worldwide.

Acquired March 2014
Rockford, IL

Rockford Systems, LLC delivers innovative machine safeguarding solutions for organizations working with industrial machinery. As a trusted adviser since 1971, Rockford Systems helps organizations interpret and apply complex Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations and American National Standards Institute (ANSI) machine safety standards for a broad array of industrial applications.

Acquired January 2013
Knoxville, TN

BB Industries, LLC is a leading catalog and internet distributor of tools, materials and supplies to granite countertop fabricators, marble stone masons, tile contractors and concrete polishing contractors. Its own branded products are a significant portion of total sales.

Acquired September 2011

The Company manufacturers and sells primarily its own branded aquatic performance and safety products, including racing lanes, customizable starting blocks, lifeguard equipment and apparel, and a complete line of competitive swimwear, supplies and equipment.

Acquired March 2006
Northbrook, IL

Plibrico Company, LLC is a leader in refractory products and applications. Plibrico manufactures, distributes and installs a complete line of high-quality monolithic refractories in aluminum mills, power generation facilities, steel mills and a diverse range of other industries.

Acquired October 1993

The Company manufactures heavy-duty and high speed transmissions, primarily for original equipment manufacturers with low volume, custom and specialty applications.

......Acquired February 2000...... Sold November 2013
Gurnee, IL

Weiman Products, LLC formulates, manufactures and distributes proprietary branded and private label specialty chemicals for cleaning and disinfectant applications in the consumer and medical markets. Key brands are Weiman, Wright's and Dr. 3000.

......Acquired November 1995...... Sold October 2013
Arlington Heights, IL

Arens Controls Company, LLC designs and manufactures custom electro-mechanical controls, hybrid vehicle components and power electronics for original equipment manufacturers in the transportation, construction and agriculture industries.

......Acquired January 2014...... Sold February 2018
South Bend, IN

KW operates a motor repair and an electrical contracting division. The motor repair division sells, repairs, services and tests electric motors. The electrical contracting division provides maintenance and new construction services. Both divisions focus on industrial and institutional customers.

......Acquired November 2007...... Sold August 2018
Salt Lake City, UT

Vandor Products, LLC is a leader in the design and marketing of licensed consumer goods featuring entertainment properties sold through speciality retailers and mass merchants.

......Acquired February 1998...... Sold May 2005
Pewaukee, WI

Wisconsin Technicolor operated in the premedia services industry. The company offered customer service management, image capture and retouching ad management and production, electronic document assembly, electronic file output, and proofing.

Minority Investments

Acquired January 2012
Pasadena, CA

LifePet Organic manufactures “all-natural”, biobased pet health and grooming solutions to meet the needs of customers in diverse markets using environmentally safe, non-toxic, and highly effective formulas.

.......Acquired August 2013....... Sold December 2014

One Family is a wholesale confectionery & snack distribution company and owner /operator of a small chain of convenience stores. In addition to its own branded products, the Company distributes licensed confectionary & snack products.

......Acquired October 1995...... Sold October 2011
Schaumburg, IL

Crescend Technologies is a manufacturer of high power, RF amplifiers for the VHF, UHF, 700/800/900 MHz land and mobile markets. Products include rack-mounted amplifiers for 2-way radio and trunking, paging, military applications, mobile amplifiers, and specialty amplifiers.