Sentinel Capital Partners exits Engineered Controls


Successfully Partnered with Management to Significantly Expand Business


NEW YORK, December 3, 2013 – Sentinel Capital Partners, L.L.C., a private equity firm that invests in promising, lower middle market companies, today announced the sale of Engineered Controls International, LLC (“ECI”), the global leader and most-recognized provider of specialized pressure regulators, valves and other control equipment used in the transportation, delivery, and storage of propane, liquefied natural gas, and other cryogenic gases. The buyer was private equity firm Windjammer Capital Investors. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Based in Elon, North Carolina, ECI is the leader across all of its product lines in the Americas, Europe, and Asia. Its brands, which include RegO® and Goddard®, are highly trusted and respected by its customers. Since its founding in 1908, ECI has grown significantly and serves a diversified international base of more than 550 customers, including propane and cryogenic gas distributors and leading global storage tank OEMs located in more than 100 countries. ECI provides mission critical products for applications where safety, durability, and performance are primary concerns.

“It has been a privilege working alongside ECI’s exceptional management team,” said Eric D. Bommer, a partner at Sentinel. “Since we made our investment, ECI has built upon its core strengths by expanding its product offering while continuing to deliver mission critical products to its customers. We are proud to have been associated with such an outstanding business and are confident that ECI will continue to excel under the leadership of its existing management team.”

“We are very excited about what we have achieved in partnership with Sentinel,” said Thomas Farrell, ECI’s CEO. “ECI is strategically well-positioned to maintain its global leadership position and remains dedicated to providing the highest quality products and services to its customers.”

Sentinel’s investments in other specialty industrial businesses include Alemite (industrial lubrication equipment), Chase Doors (specialty doors), Chromalox (precision heating technology), Colson (casters and wheels), Fasloc (specialized resin cartridges used in underground mine roof support), IEP Technologies (industrial explosion protection), LTI Boyd (rubber and plastic sealing systems), Nivel (aftermarket golf car replacement parts and accessories), and Trussbilt (specialty corrections industry security products).