Wingate Partners has sold The HC Companies to Platinum Equity

The HC Companies

Headquartered in Twinsburg, Ohio, The HC Companies operates six manufacturing locations and distribution centers in the U.S. and Canada. The company produces a wide range of planters, pots and accessories for the greenhouse, nursery and retail markets, including fiber and biobased solutions produced with post-consumer and post-industrial materials to meet increasing consumer demand for sustainable solutions.

The Deal

Following their acquisition of The HC Companies, Wingate Partners partnered with management to position the company for growth by investing in key personnel, production equipment, sourcing capabilities and commercial initiatives. The HC Companies possesses deep customer relationships as well as a strong brand associated with quality, service and reliability. Further, The HC Companies has numerous opportunities to grow organically and via acquisition.

Our Perspective

Luke Webb, Managing Director in Lincoln’s Industrials Group who leads packaging, commented, “The HC Companies transaction is another example of growing investor interest in sustainable packaging. The HC Companies is a market leader with a best-in-class, diverse product offering and a wide breadth of production capabilities. We look forward to the future successes of The HC Companies under its new partnership with Platinum Equity.”

Wingate Partners

Wingate is a private investment firm founded in 1987 that invests in manufacturing, distribution and services businesses. Wingate seeks to create value by helping its management teams execute on strategic and operational improvements. Wingate’s professionals bring extensive investment, operating and consulting experience as a resource to portfolio companies.

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