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Monday, October 19, 2009

Water News - Bunker Hill Capital Partners with Senior Executive from Water Industry

Water News - Bunker Hill Capital Partners with Senior Executive from Water Industry

BOSTON---Bunker Hill Capital announced today that it has partnered with Donald W. Borden Jr. to assist in the identification and acquisition of companies in the water and wastewater industry. This operating partner relationship provides Bunker Hill Capital with a seasoned senior executive who has extensive experience in the water and wastewater industry including a deep network of market contacts.

Prior to partnering with Bunker Hill Capital, Mr. Borden served as the President of Crane Environmental, a division of the $2.3 billion publicly-traded Crane Co. While at Crane Co., Mr. Borden managed the water treatment group which included two major industrial product lines, and he oversaw product manufacturing at two of the Company’s production facilities. Mr. Borden’s division experienced significant growth due to the successful implementation of lean enterprise and six sigma techniques which required the development of a unique one-piece-flow system, reduction in lead times on large reverse osmosis product units and significant improvement in both on-time delivery and product quality. Through a direct sales model and by providing the highest quality reverse osmosis products, Mr. Borden’s division grew at a double-digit rate for over five years. Mr. Borden stated, “I decided to join forces with Bunker Hill Capital in order to capitalize on the numerous and exciting investment opportunities in the water and wastewater sector. My operating background and water industry experience should complement Bunker Hill Capital’s proven investment approach and strategic market assessment. As a result, I am enthusiastic about working with Bunker Hill Capital to target new investments in the water and wastewater industry.”

Bunker Hill Capital identified the water and wastewater industry as an attractive area for investment after extensive due diligence on the industry. Mark DeBlois, a Managing Partner at Bunker Hill Capital, said, “We periodically select industry sectors that are fragmented and forecasted to experience exceptional growth rates such as the water and wastewater sector. Our collaboration with an exceptional C-level executive like Don Borden, including his strong network of contacts, makes for a compelling consolidation strategy.”

Rufus Clark, also a Managing Partner at Bunker Hill Capital, added, “We are very pleased to have Don on board and believe his deep industry experience will greatly assist us in our proactive investment approach within this sector. We believe that sub-sector fragmentation, the product replacement cycle, government support for improved infrastructure and long-term demand for increased efficiencies will continue to create exceptional investment opportunities in this industry.”

About Bunker Hill Capital, L.P.

Bunker Hill Capital is a private equity firm that makes investments in lower middle market companies with enterprise values up to $150 million. The principals of Bunker Hill Capital have invested over $400 million in 29 transactions and target opportunities across four industry sectors, including industrial products, business services, consumer products and specialty retail. Bunker Hill Capital’s portfolio company investments include California Family Fitness, the leading owner and operator of fitness centers in the greater Sacramento, CA area; Papa Gino’s/D’Angelo, a dominant quick-service restaurant operator in New England; Smith & Wollensky, a premier steakhouse concept in the United States; and /n Spro, a leading Canadian provider of functional consulting services focused on SAP AG software solution architecture and configuration. For additional information on Bunker Hill Capital, please go to www.bunkerhillcapital.com.


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