7 January 2013
Brant Screen Craft sold to equity firm
BRANTFORD, ON—Brant Screen Craft, guided by a team of financial advisors from New York investment bank Petsky Prunier, has been sold to an Indianapolis-based private equity firm.

The company's management team will remain intact and will continue business as usual, said Mike Petsky, partner at Petsky Prunier. The firm, Hammond, Kennedy, Whitney & Company (HKW), will provide additional capital to continue and accelerate the growth of the company.

"Not a lot is going to change for the company itself," Petsky said. "Management is key, and HKW would not have done the deal without the Brant Screen management team staying on board." Bob de Boer is president and John Paul de Boer is vice-president.

Brant Screen Craft was founded in 1963. The printer specializes in signage and displays, with clients across North America including Sears, Home Depot, Bath and Body Works, Victoria's Secret, Ford and Quizno's.

Brant's expertise garnered interest from several bidders, Petsky said. "Private equity investment will seek any sector that's growing and thriving, and print services or marketing services around shopper marketing and in-store marketing is one of the industry segments that's growing quite nicely," he said.

Brant Screen Craft ranked 34th in the June 2011 Graphic Monthly Canada Gold List of the top 100 printers in Canada by sales volume, with a reported $30,000,000 in sales in 2010. The company had 120 employees at the time.

Hammond, Kennedy, Whitney & Company was founded in 1903. The firm sponsors management buy-outs of privately owned businesses and subsidiaries, or divisions of public companies, in a wide range of sectors including aerospace, defence, energy, and manufacturing.
— Jef Catapang
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