New Canaan, CT – April 6, 2017 – RFE Investment Partners (“RFE”) announced that it has completed the sale of one of its portfolio companies – Wind River Environmental (“Wind River” or “the Company”) to Gryphon Investors (“Gryphon”). Wind River is the leading provider of inspection, service, installation, repair, and maintenance of non-hazardous liquid environmental waste solutions in the United States.
Wind River was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Marlborough, Massachusetts. Since acquiring the Company in July 2014, RFE worked closely with the management team to complete 15 strategic add-on acquisitions in order to increase the Company’s leadership position in its current markets and expand the geographic markets served. Consistent with RFE’s core value creation initiatives and to support Wind River’s rapid growth, multiple senior leadership searches were also completed over this time period to build out the management team. These efforts resulted in a tripling of EBITDA during RFE’s ownership period.
RFE Managing Director, Jim Parsons, noted, “We are very pleased with the significant growth of Wind River during RFE’s ownership. The Company has built a clear leadership position in the U.S. non-hazardous liquid waste management industry. Wind River is led by a terrific management team and is well positioned to continue its rapid growth.”
Wind River CEO, John O’Connell, said, “Over the last several years, RFE has been a value added partner in our successful growth efforts. We found RFE to be true partners with our management team and their approach has been very collaborative and effective.”
During the transaction, William Blair & Company acted as the financial advisor to Wind River and Finn Dixon & Herling served as legal counsel to the Company.
About Wind River
Wind River Environmental (www.wrenvironmental.com) and its affiliated companies inspect, service, repair and install a broad array of non-hazardous liquid waste systems, including septic tanks, grease traps, pumping and industrial waste systems. The Company offers a full array of services to residential, commercial and municipal systems from Maine to Florida. In 2016, the Company serviced 25,000 commercial and 52,000 residential sites. Operating in the Northeast, Tri-state, Mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions, Wind River has the largest fleet in the industry and all 500+ of Wind River’s team members are graduates of Wind River University, including 350+ technicians.
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