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Empire Auto Parts LLC


Management Buyout
Add-On Acquisitions

Press Releases

Empire Auto Parts is a leading specialty distributor of aftermarket parts serving collision repair centers. Headquartered in Totowa, New Jersey, Empire operates five distribution hubs and 22 satellite delivery locations across 16 contiguous eastern states. With a vast assortment of top-quality products and a fleet of vehicles providing same-day or next-day delivery, Empire delivers unmatched service to its collision center partners. Empire’s product offering covers more than 40,000 parts, including bumper covers, lamps, hoods, fenders, trunk lids, grills, bezels, door mirrors, and other products.

Empire has built a reputation of providing best-in-class service through a hub-and-spoke model which extends up and down the east coast, and has established a growth playbook based on providing a better buying experience coupled with broad parts availability. Empire's highly experienced and tenured management team is deeply committed to providing world-class support for its collision center customers. Empire has a proven record providing excellent service and a sophisticated infrastructure that enables it to attract new collision repair centers to its network.


Recreational Group


Management Buyout
Add-On Acquisitions

Press Releases

Sentinel's investment in The Recreational Group began with our acquisition of Controlled Products in October 2021. During the diligence process, Sentinel was introduced to The Recreational Group ("RG"), a similar-sized and highly complementary business located next door to Controlled Products in Dalton, Georgia. Approximately eight weeks after acquiring Controlled Products, in December 2021, Sentinel acquired RG, combined the two businesses, and renamed the combination The Recreational Group.

Controlled Products is a leading manufacturer and distributor of premium synthetic turf products for landscape, sports, commercial, and specialty applications. Controlled Products develops and distributes a variety of premium synthetic turf through an international network of dealers and customers and to its company owned and franchised Purchase Green® stores. Controlled Products serves a diverse group of residential, commercial, and field customers with leading name brands including GrassTex, SporTurf, and Synthetic Turf International, as well as private label products. With a wide range of high-quality and innovative synthetic turf products, Controlled Products has established itself as a manufacturer-of-choice with leading dealers and architects, and will continue to educate the market regarding the benefits of synthetic turf products across field and non-field applications and encourage adoption.

RG is also a leading designer, manufacturer, and installer of premium recreational surfacing products, including synthetic turf and modular tile. RG serves both the residential and nonresidential markets, including education, municipalities, and religious facilities. The combination of RG and Controlled Products brings together two highly complementary businesses to create the largest and most diversified platform in the premium recreational surfaces market with difficult to replicate manufacturing capabilities. CP increases RG’s sport and landscape turf presence while RG adds deeper penetration of commercial and landscape turf markets and fast-growing modular tile products. Offering a diversified line of innovative and highly complementary products, the combined business serves customers across the U.S., with a focus on the Southeast and Southwest, where water conservation and the need for natural grass alternatives is growing. Moreover, as the industry's only vertically integrated player of scale, the combination offers superior product quality, consistency, and excellent customer service. The combined platform presents an exciting opportunity to grow organically and through acquisition.