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Colson Group

Management Buyout
Transition from Family Ownership

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Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, Colson Group is the market leader in the design, manufacture, and distribution of casters, wheels, and related hardware products. Colson maintains the premier position worldwide in caster technology. Colson’s products comprise a wide range of casters and wheels, including light duty, medium duty, heavy duty and super heavy duty used in industrial, commercial and institutional applications. Colson’s manufacturing and distribution infrastructure is the broadest in the industry, with 35 facilities located in 15 countries. Colson’s branded product portfolio is recognized as the highest quality in the market, which is critical for end users for whom the cost of failure is high.

Sentinel acquired Colson from Pritzker family trusts. Jay and Bob Pritzker orignially acquired Colson in 1953. Under the Pritzkers, Colson became the worldwide leader in caster technology and today offers its customers the most complete line of industrial casters. Through its Shepherd Hardware subsidiary, Colson also offers cutting edge mobility solutions for the retail consumer market.


Luminaires Group

Transition from Founder Ownership

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The Luminaires Group ("TLG"), founded in 1987 with hubs in Montreal, Canada and Oceanside, California, is a leading North American manufacturer of specification-grade and architectural lighting fixtures. TLG designs, develops, manufactures, and distributes specification-grade lighting products across North America via three niche brands, each with its own focus. Eureka concentrates on indoor and outdoor decorative lighting; Amerillum focuses on indoor and outdoor architectural lighting; and Cyclone specializes in outdoor area lighting. TLG serves commercial, institutional, hospitality, and municipal end markets and offers a wide range of contemporary lighting fixtures for interior and exterior use. TLG has received many industry awards for its innovative lighting designs and product excellence, including several prestigious Reddot Awards

TLG is a leading lighting platform with strong development and design capabilities and a record of innovation. TLG enjoys an impressive breadth of award-winning products and benefits from longstanding sales relationships and distribution channels in North America. Operating in a highly-fragmented market, TLG is a leader in best practices and operational excellence.

In June 2016, Sentinel Capital Partners recapitalized TLG, whose management also invested in the transaction. Sentinel originated, sponsored and negotiated the transaction, arranged the acquisition debt and provided private equity financing from Sentinel Capital Partners V, L.P.


Nekoosa, Inc.

Management buyout

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Headquartered in Nekoosa, Wisconsin, Nekoosa is a leading manufacturer of highly engineered, specialty paper and film products used in the graphics and commercial print markets. Nekoosa produces a comprehensive suite of specialty engineered materials in four key product areas: application and pressure sensitive tapes used to protect and transfer graphics onto surfaces such as store windows and commercial vehicles; specialty synthetic papers that offer a digitally printable tear-and-water-proof alternative to lamination; sheeted digital and offset grade carbonless paper; and extruded film products used in wall panel, credit card, and lighting applications. Through a network of more than 1,000 global distributor partners, Nekoosa serves a highly-diverse base of more than 70,000 commercial print and graphics shops in 65 countries.

Nekoosa has enhanced its leadership position through its highly-specialized operational expertise, unparalleled distribution network, and excellent corporate culture committed to developing a first-class employee base. Nekoosa has a long record of innovation, leadership, and growth. Nekoosa is growing organically and is also via executing add-on acquisitions. Nekoosa has developed a playbook for identifying and integrating complementary businesses.


SONNY'S Enterprises, Inc.


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SONNY'S Enterprises, Inc. is the leading worldwide manufacturer of conveyorized car wash systems. SONNY'S is headquartered in Tamarac, Florida, where it designs and manufactures car wash systems.

With strong development and design capabilities and a long-term record of innovation and excellent customer satisfaction, SONNY'S has become the premier global provider of car care products to car wash professionals. SONNY'S offers a broad range of car wash products and services and has established longstanding sales relationships and distribution channels throughout North America.