Morgenthaler Private Equity has purchased Canton, Ohio-based automotive supplier DLH Industries Inc., and is merging DLH with another company it owns, Bowles Fluidics Corp. of Columbia, Md.
Both companies make components for handling automotive fluids, such as hoses and nozzles for windshield washer systems. DLH has expanded into other automotive areas including fully assembled actuation systems for turbochargers, and vacuum brake-assist assemblies.
DLH generates annual sales of about $50 million and employs about 600. The company extrudes the tubing and profile extrusion, injection molds fittings and then builds the tubing assembles. DLH, which makes its own tooling, has invested in automated tube forming equipment and all-electric injection presses.
Morgenthaler announced the purchase of DLH July 14. Terms were not disclosed. An ownership group that included President and CEO John Saxon had owned DLH.
Now the Bowles and DLH management teams will join forces to run dlhBOWLES. Saxon has assumed the role of CEO and Sri Sridhara of Bowles Fluidics is the president.
Saxon said the companies complement each other.
“Given both companies' reputations for providing innovative and high quality engineered plastics and fluid flow solutions, as well as strong customer service and support, we believe our businesses are an excellent fit,” he said in a statement.
Sridhara said customers will benefit from the expanded scale and product offerings created by the merger.
Morgenthaler bought Bowles Fluidics in late 2014. The private equity firm has offices in Cleveland and Boston.
Morgenthaler targets companies with transaction values of $25 million to $150 million as a platform investment, then seeks add-on acquisitions. “We typically seek to realize on our investments in a five-to- seven-year time frame,” the firm says in its investment criteria, posted on its website.
Morgenthaler invests in lower middle-market leveraged buyouts, recapitalizations and build-ups in high-value manufacturing and proprietary business services, focusing on family- and founder-owned businesses and corporate divestitures.
Peter Taft, partner at Morgenthaler Private Equity, said DLH and Bowles have talented management, and complementary products, manufacturing capabilities and process knowledge.
P&M Corporate Finance served as financial adviser to DLH Industries.