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SurfacePrep (fka GNAP)



Grand Rapids, MI


Industrial Growth

Transaction Type

Private Equity Backed




Leading North American distributor of loose abrasives, specialty ceramics and surface enhancement equipment. The company’s technical sales professionals support manufacturing customers through a network of over 30 distribution branches and more than 10 process development labs and production finishing centers.

Value Creation Opportunity

  • Increased leadership position in a highly fragmented category by completing nine acquisitions after partnering with CenterOak, including initial expansion outside the U.S.
  • Significant expansion of a private label offering under the RockRidge Abrasives brand
  • Invested in dedicated product and service managers to drive organic growth
  • Created and launched the SurfacePrep name and digital presence to unify the company’s 15+ divisions from a branding perspective, retaining local relationships and names where important
  • Added CenterOak Operating Partner to the Board of Directors

Add-on Criteria

Actively seeking add-on acquisitions that distribute industrial abrasives or specialty ceramics or that provide mass finishing services for aerospace or medical device manufacturers.