Consumer Products and Services

ClientClient DescriptionTarget DescriptionTransaction
1-800 Contacts
Draper, UT
Markets and manufactures contact lenses.Reseller of contact lensesType: M&A, Acquisition
Details: Acquired Lens Express and Lens 1st
1-800 Contacts
Draper, UT
Markets and manufactures contact lenses.Type: Financial Advisory
Details: Lead Managed IPO
All Wound Up
Cleveland, OH
Retails and markets interactive toys and novelty merchandise.Type: M&A, Sale
Details: Sold to Borders Group (Ann Arbor, MI)
American Architectural Products
Boardman, OH
Produces aluminum, vinyl, and wood-clad windows, steel security screen doors, entry doors, and related products.Produces windows and related products.Type: M&A, Acquisition
Details: Acquired Eagle Window & Door, Inc. (Dubuque, IA)
American Architectural Products
Boardman, OH
Produces aluminum, vinyl, and wood-clad windows, steel security screen doors, entry doors, and related products.Produces windows and related products. Type: M&A, Acquisition
Details: Acquired Louisiana Pacific Windows (OH)
American Architectural Products
Boardman, OH
Produces aluminum, vinyl, and wood-clad windows, steel security screen doors, entry doors, and related products.Produces doors and related product. Type: M&A, Acquisition
Details: Acquired Taylor Door (West Branch, MI)
American Consumer Products
Mayfield, OH
Distributes keys, knives, gloves, and house numbers to hardware retailers.Type: M&A, Sale
Details: Sold to Vista 2000 (Roswell, GA)
American Consumer Products
Mayfield, OH

Sharon Fastener Subsidiary
Milford, MA
Distributes fasteners to hardware retailers.Type: M&A, Sale
Details: Sold to Pawtucket Fasteners LP (Pawtucket, RI)
American Greetings
Brooklyn, OH
Designs, manufactures, markets, and sells seasonal and everyday greeting cards and other social expression products.Type: Financial Advisory
Details: Co-managed debt offering
Applica Consumer Products (formerly Windmere Durable Holdings)
Miramar, FL
Designs, markets, and distributes small kitchen appliances and beauty products.Type: M&A, Sale
Details: Sold its 50% interest in Salton-Maxim to the other 50% owners of Salton-Maxim
Art Works
Baltimore, MD
Sells art and posters.Type: M&A, Sale
Details: Sold to Hadley House (Minneapolis, MN)
Baldwin Piano
Cincinnati, OH
Manufactures and distributes musical instruments.Type: Financial Advisory
Details: Shareholder Rights Plan
Bettcher Industries
Vermilion, OH

Wizard Division
Vermillion, OH
Manufactures patented safety gloves.Type: M&A, Sale
Details: Sold to Wells Lamont (Chicago, IL)
Brass Eagle
Bentonville, AR
Manufactures, markets, and distributes paintball and extreme sports products.Type: Financial Advisory
Details: Lead managed IPO
Buckeye Sports Supply
Canton, OH
Distributes outdoor sporting goods, primarily for hunting and fishing.Type: M&A, Sale, Restructuring
Details: Sold to Acusport (Bellefontaine, OH) in Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceeding
Buffalo Construction
Louisville, KY
Builds and remodels restaurants primarily for Texas Roadhouse and Buffalo Wild Wings. Type: M&A, Sale
Details: Sold to Management (Louisville, KY)
Buffalo Wild Wings
Minneapolis, MN
Owns, operates, and franchises restaurants.Type: Financial Advisory
Details: Equity private placement with Gemini and Investors
Butler HVAC, Inc.
Dayton, OH
Provides full-service heating, ventilation, and air conditioning installation and repair. Type: M&A, Sale
Details: Sold to a group of private investors
Campbell Hausfeld
Harrison, OH
Manufactures consumer, industrial, and commercial grade air compressors and related products. Type: Financial Advisory
Details: Buyside Advisory
Century Foods International
LaCrosse, WI
Designs, processes, and distributes whey protein products for the sports nutrition industry. Type: M&A, Sale
Details: Sold to Hormel Foods (Austin, MN)
Cleveland Indians
Cleveland, OH
Professional baseball team.Type: M&A, Sale
Details: Sold to Dolan Family (Cleveland, OH)
Cleveland Indians
Cleveland, OH
Professional baseball team.Type: Financial Advisory
Details: Lead Managed IPO
Cleveland Lumberjacks
Cleveland, OH
Professional hockey team.Type: M&A, Sale
Details: Sold to Hank Kassigkeit (Cleveland, OH)
Cole National
Twinsburg, OH
Provides optical products and services and personalized gifts, under brands such as Pearle Vision and Things Remembered.Type: Financial Advisory
Details: Shareholder Rights Plan
Cole National
Twinsburg, OH
Provides optical products and services and personalized gifts, under brands such as Pearle Vision and Things Remembered.Type: Financial Advisory
Details: Lead managed follow-on offering
Cole National
Twinsburg, OH
Provides optical products and services and personalized gifts, under brands such as Pearle Vision and Things Remembered.Type: Financial Advisory
Details: Co-managed high-yield debt offering
Consolidated Stores
Columbus, OH
Operates as a value-specialty retailer. Type: Financial Advisory
Details: Co-managed follow-on offering
Cumberland Gap
Middlesboro, KY
Produces hams, sausages, and other specialty packaged meats.Type: M&A, Sale
Details: Sold to Smithfield Foods (Smithfield, VA)
Direct Focus (nka: Nautilus)
Vancouver, WA
Markets fitness and healthy lifestyle products.Specializes in the design and production of fitness equipment for commercial, light commercial, and home use. Type: M&A, Acquisition
Details: Acquisition of StairMaster Sports/Medical (Kirkland, WA)
D'Lisi Food Systems
Rochester, NY
Manufactures prepared food products. Type: Financial Advisory
Details: Debt placement
Dots
Cleveland, OH
Sells extreme value fashion apparel and accessories for women.Type: M&A, Acquisition
Details: Redemption of 49% shareholder
Dots
Cleveland, OH
Sells extreme value fashion apparel and accessories for women.Type: M&A, Sale
Details: Sold to Irving Place Capital
Dots
Cleveland, OH
Sells extreme value fashion apparel and accessories for women.Type: M&A, Sale
Details: Sold to William Blair Capital Partners and Sawdust (Chicago, IL)
Elder-Beerman Stores
Dayton, OH

Bee-Gee Shoe Subsidiary
Dayton, OH
Shoe retailer.Type: M&A, Sale
Details: Sold to Jam Shoe Concepts (Dayton, OH)
Elder-Beerman Stores
Dayton, OH
Operates department store chain that offers branded merchandise. Type: Financial Advisory
Details: Lead Managed IPO
Elder-Beerman Stores
Dayton, OH
Operates department store chain that offers branded merchandise. Operates chain of department stores. Type: M&A, Acquisition
Details: Acquired Stone & Thomas (Wheeling, WV)
Elder-Beerman Stores
Dayton, OH
Operates department store chain that offers branded merchandise. Type: Financial Advisory
Details: Chapter 11 reorganization
Evolution Ag, LLC
Columbus, OH
Operates a leading chain of agricultural and power equipment dealerships, parts, and service centers throughout Ohio. Type: M&A, Sale
Details: Sold Certain Locations to Farmers Equipment (OH)
F. Schumacher
New York, NY

Waverly Home Fashions Division
New York, NY
Offers fabrics, wallpaper, and a multitude of coordinated home fashions under the Waverly home furnishings brand.Type: M&A, Sale
Details: Sold to Ellery Homestyles (New York, NY)
Flight Fit N Fun, LLC
Sterling, VA
Operates multi-attraction family entertainment facilities. Type: Financial Advisory
​Detail: Growth investment from Summit Partners (Boston, MA)
Flour City Bagels
Rochester, NY
Operates as a franchisee of Bruegger's Bagels. Type: Financial Advisory
Details: Restructuring and debt placement
FTD
Downers Grove, IL
Provides floral and specialty gift products and services to consumers and retail florists.Type: Financial Advisory
Details: Board review
Harry London Candies
North Canton, OH
Produces high quality chocolates, mints, buckeyes, and joys. Type: Financial Advisory
Details: Debt and equity restructuring
Herman Miller
Zeeland, MI
Designs and manufactures home, office, and healthcare furnishings and provides related services.Type: Financial Advisory
Details: Co-managed debt offering
High Liner Foods
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Processes branded and private label frozen foods.Type: Financial Advisory
Details: Board review
Homeloan.com
Dallas, TX
Offers software enabled home loan information and services. Type: Financial Advisory
Details: Equity private placement
HON Industries
Muscatine, IA
Manufactures and markets business furniture, work space accessories, and fireplaces.Type: Financial Advisory
Details: Co-managed secondary offering
Horizon Organic
Boulder, CO
Dairy Assets
Processes and markets branded organic milk and other dairy products.Type: M&A, Sale
Details: Sold to Dean Foods (Dallas, TX)
I&K Distributors
Delphos, OH
Manufactures, sells, and distributes branded and private label potato salads and other foods. Type: M&A, Sale
Details: Sold to SCIS Food Services, nka Chef Solutions (Wheeling, IL)
Intellitecs
Cincinnati, OH
Manufactures women's hygiene products.Type: Financial Advisory
Details: Equity private placement
Jo-Ann Stores
Hudson, OH
Operates as a specialty fabric and craft retailer.Type: Financial Advisory
Details: Debt placement
Jo-Ann Stores
Hudson, OH
Operates as a specialty fabric and craft retailer.Operates retail fabric stores. Type: M&A, Acquisition
Details: Acquired House of Fabrics (Los Angeles, CA)
Johnson Oil Company
Bloomington, IN
Owns and operates convenience stores that offer gasoline and grocery products. Type: M&A, Sale
Details: Sold to Couche-Tard (Laval, Quebec, Canada)
L.L.Bean
Freeport, ME
Markets outdoor and leisure apparel and accessories via catalogues and website.Type: Financial Advisory
Details: Debt private placement
Lancaster Colony
Columbus, OH

Indiana Glass Company and E.O. Brody Company Divisions
Cincinnati, OH
Manufactures tabletop and decorative glassware containers for the retail, private label, candle, and floral markets.Type: M&A, Sale
Details: Sold to Monomoy Capital Partners (New York, NY)
Len The Plumber, LLC
Baltimore, MD
Provides full-service residential plumbing solutions, including drain cleaning, main line clog removal, sewer backups and repairs, sewer line, water heater, heating system, water line, gas line, and sump pump services. Type: M&A, Sale
Details: Sold to Thompson Street Capital Partners (St. Louis, MO)
Markets and Markets
Pune, India
Provides quantified B2B research on high growth emerging opportunities/threats to a worldwide customer base. Type: Financial Advisory
Details: Buyside Advisory
Max & Erma's
Columbus, OH
Owns, operates, and franchises restaurants.Type: Financial Advisory
Details: Debt placement
OfficeMax
Shaker Heights, OH
Markets and sells office supplies, furniture, and technology.Type: Financial Advisory
Details: Co-managed follow-on offering
Penton Media
Cleveland, OH
Provides various print and online products, such as targeted publications, websites, exhibitions, email newsletters, trade shows, and data products. Type: Shareholder Rights Plan
Ohio Bar Review
Cleveland, OH
Provides Ohio Bar training review courses. Type: M&A, Sale
Details: Sold to Harcourt General (Chestnut Hill, MA)
Park North Capital, LLC
Cleveland, OH
Invests in middle market businesses. Provides advisory services to individuals looking for health insurance coverage. Type: M&A, Acquisition
Details: Acquired a controlling interest in LIG Solutions (Independence, OH)
Penton Media
Cleveland, OH
Provides various print and online products, such as targeted publications, websites, exhibitions, email newsletters, trade shows, and data products. Type: Financial Advisory
Details: Shareholder Rights Plan
Phantom Fireworks
Youngstown, OH
Retails and distributes consumer fireworks.Type: Financial Advisory
Details: Debt placement with Main Street Capital (Houston, TX)
Progressive Furniture
Swanton, OH
Manufactures, imports, and markets moderately-priced household wood furniture.Type: M&A, Sale
Details: Sold to Sauder Woodworking (Archbold, OH)
Radiant Plumbing Services, Inc.
Austin, TX
Offers premier home plumbing and HVAC service to the greater Austin area. Type: M&A, Sale
Details: Sold to Riverside Company (New York, NY)
Rainbow Rentals
Canfield, OH
Rents and sells home electronics, furniture, appliances, and computers to the general public.Type: M&A, Sale
Details: Sold to Rent-A-Center (Plano, TX)
Regional Diagnostics
Cleveland, OH
Operates outpatient diagnostic imaging center chains in the United States.Type: M&A, Sale
Details: Sold to Trivest Partners (Coral Gables, FL)
RevAir, LLC
Macedonia, OH
Develops high-tech beauty products including The World's First and Only Reverse-Air Dryer.Type: Financial Advisory
Details: Received a significant equity investment from Lykos Capital Partners (San Francisco, CA)
Rockford-Fosgate
Tempe, AZ
Manufactures aftermarket and OEM car audio and in-car entertainment products and accessories, and personal electronics such as earphones.Type: Financial Advisory
Details: Co-managed IPO
Royal Appliance
Glenwillow, OH
Manufactures and markets handheld and upright floor cleaners and replacement parts.Type: M&A, Sale
Details: Sold to Techtronic Industries (Tsuen Wan, Hong Kong)
Royal Appliance
Glenwillow, OH

Telezapper Division
Glenwillow, OH
Provides in-home anti-telemarketing services.Type: M&A, Sale
Details: Sold to VTech Holdings (Tsuen Wan, Hong Kong)
Sandridge Foods
Medina, OH
Manufactures refrigerated prepared foods. Type: Financial Advisory
Details: Board review
Scott Fetzer
Westlake, OH
Manufactures and markets products for the home, family, and industry.Type: Financial Advisory
Details: Buyside Advisory
SMED International
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Manufactures modular office furniture.Type: Financial Advisory
Details: Co-managed IPO
Smith & Wollensky Restaurant Group
New York, NY
Develops, owns, and operates a chain of steakhouse restaurants. Type: Financial Advisory
Details: Co-managed IPO
Spartan Stores
Grand Rapids, MI

L.L./Jiroch and J.F. Walker Subsidiaries
Grand Rapids, MI
Distributes products to convenience stores.Type: M&A, Sale
Details: Sold to H.T. Hackney (Knoxville, TN)
Spartan Stores
Grand Rapids, MI
Sells and distributes groceries. Operates chain of supermarkets and discount stores in Northwest Ohio. Type: M&A, Acquisition
Details: Acquired Seaway Food Town (Maumee, OH)
Steelcase
Grand Rapids, MI
Markets and sells office furniture.Type: Financial Advisory
Details: Assist Wege family in IPO
Stylin' Concepts
Cleveland, OH
Distributes and sells truck accessories, SUV accessories, and performance parts to consumers.Type: M&A, Sale
Details: Sold to Riverside Company (Cleveland, OH)
SUPERVALU
Eden Prairie, MN
Operates as a grocery retailer. Type: Financial Advisory
Details: Co-managed debt offering
SyberSay Technologies
San Jose, CA
Provides acoustic technologies for audio clarity. Type: Financial Advisory
Details: Equity private placement
Tomlinson
Cleveland, OH
Manufactures and provides equipment and components for the global food and beverage sector.Type: M&A, Sale
Details: Sold to Crown Brands, LLC, a portfolio company of Centre Lane Partners (Lincolnshire, IL)
Universal Electronics
Cypress, CA
Designs and develops solutions that enable consumers to control entertainment devices, digital media, and home systems.Type: Financial Advisory
Details: Shareholder Rights Plan
Value City Furniture
Columbus, OH
Designs, manufactures, sells, and delivers value-priced furniture.Type: Financial Advisory
Detals: Co-managed equity offering
Vista Eyecare
Lawrenceville, GA
Provides professional eye care services and products to correct and promote optimum visual function and ocular health.Type: Financial Advisory
Details: Financial advisor in Chapter 11 reorganization
Wild Oats Markets
Boulder, CO
Owns and operates natural foods supermarkets. Type: Financial Advisory
Details: Board review
Yonanas Consumer Retail Division of Healthy Foods, LLC
Cleveland, OH
Consumer brand that enables consumers to enjoy the taste and feel of soft serve ice cream using only 100% real fruit without fat, dairy, or added sugar Type: M&A, Sale
Details: Sold to The Legacy Companies (Weston, FL)
Zale
Irving, TX
Retail jewelryType: Financial Advisory
Details: Co-managed IPO