CenterOak and its predecessor firm have managed over $1.8 billion of equity capital commitments and have completed over 100 acquisitions representing more than $3.3 billion in transaction value.  The following investments are representative transactions executed by the investment team.

Industrial Growth

Current

CEO Buy & Build

Family-owned/Closely-held

Aakash Chemicals, headquartered in Glendale Heights, IL, is a supplier of colorants, additives and other specialty chemicals. The Company supplies products for use in a variety of industries, with a focus on plastics, coatings and graphic arts end markets.

www.aakashchemicals.com/
Current

CEO Buy & Build

Cascade Windows, headquartered in Spokane, WA, is a leading manufacturer of vinyl windows and doors serving the Western U.S. through four plants in Spokane, Portland, Salt Lake and Phoenix. Cascade offers a wide range of customizable products with clean and innovative designs and proven durability for residential and commercial use. The company has an extensive network of dealers, builders and distributors in the Western United States.

www.cascadewindows.com
Current

CEO Buy & Build

BlackHawk Industrial, headquartered in Tulsa, OK, is a top 30 distributor in the North American industrial supply market. The company participates in the $400+ billion industrial distribution end market and focuses on the highly technical cutting tool and abrasive product category. BlackHawk Industrial serves customers through traditional direct sales, integrated service models and a manufacturing services division. The company was formed through a partnership with Bill Scheller, a CenterOak Operating Partner, to execute a buy-and-build strategy in the industrial distribution space.

www.blackhawkid.com
Realized

CEO Buy & Build

Family-owned/Closely-held

Ennis-Flint, headquartered in Thomasville, NC, is the leading global designer and producer of traffic safety solutions for a diverse base of government and private customers. The company operates 18 manufacturing facilities that collectively supply over 60 countries with key products including road paint, thermoplastic, preformed thermoplastic, markers, raised pavement markers and traffic monitors and detectors. Ennis-Flint was formed from the merger of Ennis Paint, Flint Trading and Eberle Design.

www.ennisflint.com
Realized

CEO Buy & Build

Tri-Northern Security Distribution, headquartered in Woodbury, NY, is a leading wholesale security distributor. The company was formed with management through the acquisition and subsequent merger of Tri-Ed Distribution and Northern Video Systems Distribution to become the #2 market leader in the $5.5 billion North American security distribution market. The company distributes a full product suite of video, access control, intrusion, fire and cable products from leading manufacturers in the electronic security market.

www.tri-ed.com
Realized

Divisional Carveout

ORS Nasco, headquartered in Muskogee, OK is a leading wholesale distributor of industrial supplies.   The company has a deep product portfolio of over 200,000 branded and private label products, sourced from over 600 vendors, to over 10,000 independent distributors in multiple product categories, including industrial, janitorial and sanitation, MRO, safety, construction, electrical, rental, welding, and oilfield services.

www.orsnasco.com
Realized

CEO Buy & Build

Strategic Equipment & Supply Corp. (“SESC”), headquartered in Dallas, TX, is a provider of foodservice equipment, supplies and services. The company provides traditional equipment distribution of over 50,000 products with a full range of value-added services, including equipment leasing, replacement parts, servicing, maintenance and the supply of consumable products. SESC has over 5,000 highly diversified restaurant, retail, commercial, educational, healthcare and other institutional customers across the country.

www.strategicequipment.com

Consumer

Current

CEO Buy & Build

FullSpeed AutomotiveTM, based in Greenwood Village, CO, is one of the nation’s largest independent franchisors of automotive quick lube centers. The company has over 500 automotive centers across the U.S. and internationally. The Company’s brands include: Grease Monkey®, SpeeDee®, LubePro’s®, and Monkey Shine® car wash. The Company’s Retail Operations division also operates Havoline® xpress lube® locations. In addition to quick lube oil changes, FullSpeed Automotive provides a variety of other services, such as tire rotations, brake services, suspension repairs, and minor electrical-system repairs.

www.fullspeedautomotive.com
Current

Secondary Buyout

Wetzel’s Pretzels, headquartered in Pasadena, CA, is a leading owner and franchisor of soft pretzel stores. Its menu includes a variety of fresh baked soft pretzels, Wetzel Dogs, Wetzel Bitz and beverages. Today, Wetzel’s Pretzels has 305 locations in 28 states and six countries. Its stores are located in shopping malls, outlet centers, theme parks, select discount retail stores, train stations and airports.

www.wetzels.com/
Realized

Family-owned/Closely-held

Southern Tide, headquartered in Greenville, SC, is one of the fastest growing lifestyle apparel brands in the United States. Inspired by its “Built with a Purpose” ethos, the company offers an entire apparel collection built on the same high standards as the first benchmark product – the iconic men’s Skipjack Polo. Southern Tide’s comprehensive product line for men includes shirts, pants, shorts, outerwear, ties, swimwear, footwear and accessories. The brand is distributed through a network of 750 specialty clothing stores across the United States.

www.southerntide.com
Realized

Family-owned/Closely-held

Cheddar’s Casual Cafe, headquartered in Dallas, TX, is an operator and franchisor of the Cheddar’s casual dining concepts. Cheddar’s operating philosophy centers on preparing high quality, made from scratch American food (i.e. burgers, steaks, ribs, salads, etc.) at an affordable price. This strategy has resulted in an incredibly loyal customer following and has allowed the concept to expand from 42 owned and franchised locations in 13 states at the time of our investment to well over 130 locations in 23 states currently.

www.cheddars.com

Business Services

Realized

Divisional Carveout

Lone Star Overnight (“LSO”), headquartered in Austin, TX, is a regional express courier providing overnight business-to-business parcel and document delivery services in the southwest United States. Through its unique intra-regional business model, LSO is able to provide a competitive service offering at rates that are generally 30%-50% below the stated rates of national competitors with fewer and lower add-on fees.

www.lso.com
Realized

Family-owned/Closely-held

Rennhack Marketing Services (“RMS”), headquartered in Grapevine, TX, is a leading national provider of marketing services for financial institutions. RMS’ programs include promotional premiums or gifts for use by savings banks, commercial banks and credit unions as incentives to attract new retail customers. The company’s strong relationships with key vendors allow for the souring of branded consumer products at price points that are significantly lower than the perceived value by consumers.

www.gorms.com

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