Canoe and kayak rotational molder Confluence Watersports Co. has a new owner and a new name — Confluence Outdoor Co. — that reflects a broader focus on full-service outdoor recreation.
That means Confluence will compete more directly with competitor Johnson Outdoors Inc., which makes fishing accessories, tents and camp cooking equipment, in addition to rotomolded kayaks and canoes.
Private equity firm J.H. Whitney Capital Partners LLP of New Canaan, Conn., bought Confluence in April from American Capital Ltd., a private equity company in Bethesda, Md.
Terms were not disclosed.
J.H. Whitney, which focuses on middle-market companies, also owns businesses that make outdoor apparel and fishing equipment. The firm began in 1946, making it one of the first U.S. private equity companies.
Confluence has estimated rotomolding-related sales of $47 million, according to Plastics News' most recent ranking.