Industrial Growth Partners has sold CLIMAX to Specialized Fabrication Equipment Group, a portfolio company of Gladstone Investment


CLIMAX is a leading global designer and manufacturer of portable machine tools, welding systems and valve testing and repair systems used for non-discretionary, on-site, high-precision machining of critical infrastructure assets and equipment.

The Deal

Under Industrial Growth Partners (IGP)’s ownership, CLIMAX made strategic investments to expand its addressable market and geographic reach, develop new products, improve its sales organization and go-to-market strategy and improve customer service. CLIMAX also completed two strategic acquisitions which added new markets and product technologies. As a repeat client, IGP engaged Lincoln International to execute a competitive process, which resulted in the successful sale of CLIMAX to Specialized Fabrication Equipment Group (S.F.E. Group). This transaction further demonstrates Lincoln’s expertise within the tools sector.

Industrial Growth Partners

IGP invests in market-leading, niche manufacturers and industrial services businesses headquartered in the United States or Canada that have a history of profitability. IGP looks to partner with management teams to develop growth strategics such as launching new products, entering new markets and offering additional services. IGP targets companies with revenues up to $250 million and is based in San Francisco. For more information, please visit

Specialized Fabrication Equipment Group

S.F.E. Group is a designer and manufacturer of a suite of branded, specialty equipment for the fabrication and welding industry. For more information, please visit

Gladstone Investment Corporation

Gladstone Investment Corporation (Nasdaq: GAIN) is a publicly traded business development company that seeks to make secured debt and equity investments in lower middle market private businesses in the United States in connection with acquisitions, changes in control and recapitalizations. For more information, please visit

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