Feb, 2008 - BBB Industries has Acquired the Assets of Wilson Auto Electric
Windjammer Capital Investors (WCI) is pleased to announce that its portfolio company, BBB Industries, LLC (BBB), has completed the purchase of certain assets of Wilson Auto Electric, its subsidiary Wilson USA, Inc and its sister company Wilson Windings Ltd. As part of this transaction BBB will move a portion of Wilson's remanufacturing operations to BBB's Mexico facility, while continuing to retain and grow certain manufacturing and distribution operations in Canada. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
BBB (www.bbbind.com), known for its high-quality products and superior customer service, is a leading supplier of remanufactured and new starters and alternators for the automotive, light truck, and heavy-duty vehicle aftermarket. The company is headquartered in Mobile, Alabama and operates through a network of nine distribution facilities in the U.S. and its low-cost manufacturing facility in Reynosa, Mexico. The company has a long-term history of providing high levels of customer service, excellent on-time delivery, industry-leading quality while maintaining a full line of products. BBB has over 1,100 employees and serves a diverse customer base of warehouse distributors, independent automotive parts retailers, and big-box automotive parts retailers.
Founded in 1940, Wilson remanufactures and supplies 5,500 different alternators and starters to customers in North America and 55 countries worldwide. The Company supplies parts to the auto, light and heavy truck markets as well as, more specialized products to the heavy-duty truck, industrial, agricultural, marine, mining and construction industries.
"By acquiring Wilson and its operations, we are adding a strong brand to our product line-up, greatly expanding our heavy duty product expertise and enhancing BBB's regional footprint in Canada, all of which will enable us to provide more products and a higher level of service to new and existing customers" said Don Bigler, CEO of BBB Industries. "WCI has been a great partner for us and highly supportive of our growth initiatives."
"We remain committed to supporting BBB's growth through strategic acquisition. The addition of Wilson's strong brand and heavy duty product expertise provide BBB an excellent avenue for continued growth" said Derek Watson, Principal of WCI.
Windjammer Capital Investors, with offices in Newport Beach, California and Waltham, Massachusetts, is a national private investment firm that makes control and non-control investments in leading middle market businesses in partnership with management. Founded in 1990, WCI manages institutional funds totaling over $1.2 billion of capital and is currently investing its latest fund of $575 million which it raised in 2006. In its history, WCI has closed on portfolio company investments with an aggregate value exceeding $7 billion.