Select Direct Investments
Little Caesars Enterprises, Inc.
Little Caesars Enterprises, Inc. is the third-largest pizza chain in the United States and controls 19% of the quick service pizza market in the U.S. Little Caesars operates approximately 4,250 stores in the U.S. and over 6,000 stores globally. SSP IV & SSP IV-C are part of a group acquiring 45 existing Little Caesars franchise’s across the South Eastern United States. Little Caesars’ trademark and competitive advantage is convenience. Their popular “Hot-N-Ready” pizzas account for 75% of total sales and allow customers to quickly purchase a prepared and cooked pizza for $5.00. The stores do not offer a dine-in option or a direct delivery service and typically have small footprints of 1,200 to 2,250 square feet. Little Caesars operates within the value segment of the pizza market, making the Company’s business less susceptible to the ever-changing palates of “foodies” and more discerning customers. For more information, please visit the company’s website at: www.littlecaesars.com.
ClearChoice Holdings is the only pure play, national provider of same day dental implant services in the United States. ClearChoice provides complex, full mouth, dental implant restorations, commonly called “All-on-Four” (Ao4), which restore the functions and aesthetics of healthy, natural teeth. The procedure addresses the needs of patients with partial or full edentulism. ClearChoice’s approach can be completed in one day and costs significantly less than traditional bone grafting dental procedures which require multiple surgeries over a six month period. Clearchoice also performs single and multiple tooth implant procedures as well as other cosmetic services. Founded in 2004, the company operates 38 dental implant centers in 22 states and maintains a market leading 47% share of the Ao4 procedure. For more information, please visit the company’s website at: www.clearchoice.com.
West Marine, Inc.
West Marine, Inc. is a specialty retailer and distributor of core boating and water recreation products to boat owners as well as professionals who provide services to them. The Company also operates a wholesale boating supply business (West Marine Pro) and an e-commerce platform. West Marine operates 253 stores throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. The Company is the largest player in the $5.5 billion Recreational Boating Parts & Accessories market with a 10% market share and a 30% share in the $1 billion market for boating parts and accessories for boats greater than 26 feet in length. West Marine employs approximately 4,000 full and part-time associates. For more information, please visit the company’s website at www.westmarine.com.
WernerCo is a privately owned, fully-integrated, international manufacturer and distributor of access products, fall protection equipment, secure storage systems and light duty construction equipment. Its portfolio of industry leading brands include Werner, KNAACK®, WEATHER GUARD®, Youngman®, BoSS®, Centaure, Duarib, Haemmerlin and Bailey. With a wide selection of product categories, WernerCo provides protection and performance for workers, their assets and their vehicles. WernerCo has manufacturing, warehousing, sales, distribution and office facilities in the United States, Australia, Canada, China, France, Hungary, Mexico, Philippines, Vietnam and the United Kingdom. Werner’s global headquarters are in Schaffhausen, Switzerland and its US headquarters are in Greenville, Pennsylvania. For more information, please visit the company’s website at www.wernerworldwide.com.
Brown Jordan International
Brown Jordan International designs, manufactures and markets quality home furnishings and contract furnishings, including indoor and outdoor chairs, tables, sofas and love seats for home and commercial use. Brown Jordan has manufacturing facilities and sales offices located throughout the United States, Mexico, China, India, Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam. The company has over 1,800 employees across seven operating subsidiaries. Brown Jordan successfully combines design and technology to create furniture which meets the highest criteria of fit, form and function. The company is headquartered in St. Augustine, FL. For more information, please visit the company’s website at www.bji.com.
Klaussner Furniture Industries, Inc.
Klaussner Furniture Industries, Inc. (Klaussner) is a manufacturer and distributor of home furnishing products in the U.S. and internationally. The company employs approximately 1,600 full time employees and operates five company owned manufacturing campuses in North Carolina, Vietnam and China. Klaussner serves three retail classes – large home furnishings, regional and on-line. Klaussner’s vertically integrated business model expedites customer fulfillment and delivery in 2-3 weeks, compared to an industry standard of 6-8 weeks for customized orders. Product lines include sofas, sectionals, chairs, memory foam mattresses and middle to high-end outdoor furniture. For more information, please visit the company’s website at www.klaussner.com.
Friedrich Holdings (Friedrich) engineers and manufactures commercial and retail air condition products. Friedrich serves a diverse array of end markets which are separated into: Hospitality and Multi-Unit Property (hotels and long-term care facilities), Commercial and Industrial and Retail. The company is headquartered in San Antonio, TX and employs approximately 270 people in the U.S. and Mexico. Friedrich is the sole remaining North American manufacturer of room air conditioners. The company’s products include room AC units, window and through-the-wall units, packed terminal AC units, vertical packaged units, ductless split systems, air purifiers and portable air conditioners. For more information, please visit the company’s website at www.friedrich.com.
ABC Group, Inc.
ABC Group, Inc. (ABC) is a full service global supplier of blow molded and injection molded thermoplastic parts and systems for automotive manufacturers, primarily in North America. ABC has six core business units that design, manufacture and sell over 40 product categories to automotive OEMs and Tier 1 Suppliers across over 250 light vehicle programs. Product lines include center consoles, spoilers, bumper systems, HVAC ducts, filters, fluid reservoirs and other plastic components. For more information, please visit the company’s website at www.abcgroupinc.com.
Blue Stream (fka Advanced Cable Communications) is a Florida-based broadband communications provider that offers high speed data, video and phone service for residential consumers in two large suburbs outside of Miami. The service territory is composed of affluent communities and is characterized by local residents with very few seasonal vacationers. ACC has a high-quality 750MHz network that is all digital and was recently upgraded to enable 100 Mbps speeds. The Company currently has over 47,000 subscribers across its three services. For more information, please visit the company’s website at www.mybluestream.com.
WIND Mobile is the fourth largest mobile phone service provider in Canada, offering pre- and post-paid mobile communications to over 800,000 subscribers across Canada. Wind Mobile was sold in 2016 to Shaw Communications Inc., a $9 billion dollar Canadian cable and communications company. For more information, please visit the company’s website at www.windmobile.ca.
U.S. Manufacturing Corp.
U.S. Manufacturing Corporation (“USM”) is a leading manufacturer of axle housings, driveline shafts and other components for the North American automotive market. Its products are used in light, medium and heavy-duty truck, SUV and commercial van platforms and sold to Tier I and OEM customers. USM has developed a proprietary VARI-LITE® extrusi
Based in Atlanta, FOCUS Brands Inc. is the franchisor and operator of over 4,500 ice cream shoppes, bakeries, restaurants and cafes in the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and 63 foreign countries under the brand names Carvel®, Cinnabon®, Schlotzsky’s®, Moe’s Southwest Grill®, Auntie Anne’s® Pretzels and McAlister’s Deli®, as well as the franchisor of Seattle’s Best Coffee® on certain military bases and in certain international markets. The Focus Brands investment was realized in 2012. For more information, please visit the company’s website at www.focusbrands.com.
Headquartered in Scottsdale, AZ, P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, Inc. (“P.F. Chang’s”) is a leading owner and operator of Asian-inspired restaurants with four business lines: (i) P.F. Chang’s Bistro, a full service casual Chinese dining chain with over 200 locations; (ii) Pei Wei Fresh Kitchen, a limited service fast casual concept with over 175 locations; (iii) True Food Kitchen, an emerging casual dining concept; and (iv) a Global Brands licensing division. For more information, please visit the company’s website at www.pfchangs.com.
Tekni-Plex is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of innovative, high quality packaging and tubing materials for products used every day by millions of consumers around the globe. The company operates 24 manufacturing sites in eight countries across North America, Europe, and Asia, and supplies leading international brands in healthcare, food and beverage, and consumer retail with the components they require to safely and reliably protect and deliver their products. Tekni-Plex was created by bringing together industry leaders over the past fifteen years. All eight of its companies are leaders in their respective segments, and many have been in business for 60 or more years. Tekni-Plex was sold in 2013 to funds managed by American Securities LLC, a New York based Private Equity firm with $15 billion under management. For more information, please visit the company’s website at www.tekni-plex.com.
Feradyne Outdoors designs, manufactures and sells a range of innovative outdoors product brands, including these leading archery and hunting brands: Rage Slipcam Broadheads, Rage Cage Quivers, Muzzy Broadheads, Muzzy Bow Fishing Gear and Nockturnal Lighted Nocks. FeraDyne Outdoors was sold in 2014 to Snow Phipps Group LLC, a middle market Private Equity firm with nearly $2 billion under management. For more information, please visit the company’s website at www.feradyne.com.
One West Bank
OneWest Bank is a diversified financial institution focused on delivering personalized, relationship-based services to consumers and businesses. With 81 locations throughout Southern California, OneWest has the size and strength to provide customized value-added banking product and services to its customers. The CIT Group purchased OneWest Bank in 2015. For more information, please visit the company’s website at www.onewestbank.com.
Huntington Foam a leading, independent producer of custom shape molded and fabricated foam made from expanded polystyrene (“EPS”), expanded polypropylene (“EPP”) and other resins. The company’s products are used in consumer goods protective packaging, automotive components/dunnage and plumbing supply end markets, among others. The company is dedicated to providing 100% customized shape molded foam solutions and features state-of-the-art equipment and a knowledgeable engineering and manufacturing staff. Huntington enjoys a predictable, recurring revenue stream due to longstanding, contractual and integrated programs with a blue-chip customer base, and maintains a distinct competitive advantage in offering high quality products and service through an impressive geographic footprint that serves customers in the Southern and Midwest regions of the U.S. and Northern Mexico. For more information, please visit the company’s website at www.huntingtonfoam.com.
Neways is a network-marketing company that stands at the forefront of product innovation. Committed to quality ingredients, extensive research, and unique formulas, Neways manufactures and distributes safe, effective, and innovative products that are a perfect blend of science and nature. The company incorporates the very latest and most effective health and wellness science and technology in all our products. It formulates its own products, and most products are produced at owned manufacturing facilities. Since its founding in 1987, Neways has expanded around the globe. Neways now operates in 29 countries, with hundreds of thousands of independent distributors sharing our products and opportunity around the world. For more information, please visit the company’s website at For more information, please visit the company’s website at www.neways.com.
Nichols Bros. Boat Builders
Nichols Brothers Boat Builders (NBBB) invests over 45 years experience on Whidbey Island in Washington State into the construction of an astonishing variety of vessels. NBBB specializes in steel and aluminum new construction, repair, and major conversions. The company leads the shipbuilding industry by adopting innovative marine technologies to serve its customers needs. Its portfolio expresses quality, attention to detail and a passion for boat building. For more information, please visit the company’s website at www.nicholsboats.com.
Winn Lumber Manufacturing (the “Company”), originally organized as PBS Lumber Manufacturing in November 2003, operates a lumber manufacturing plant and a pine sawmill, which sells dimension lumber products to primarily wholesalers and treaters throughout the United States. The pine logs are largely purchased from commercial timber producers. The Company, located in Winnfield, Louisiana, is geographically well situated in the Southeastern US pine cutting circle.
Affinity Gaming is a diversified casino gaming company headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada. The company’s casino operations consist of 11 casinos, five of which are located in Nevada, three in Colorado, two in Missouri and one in Iowa. For more information, please visit the company’s website at www.affinitygaming.com.