Confluence Advisors Represents Sterling Transport Co., Inc. in Sale Transaction

Confluence Advisors, LLC is pleased to announce that it advised Sterling Transport Co., Inc. (“Basic”) in its sale to Grammer Industries, Inc., a portfolio company of Stellex Capital Management.

Sterling is a third-generation family-owned business founded by the Hinton family in 1939. The company has grown into an established transporter of hazardous and specialty chemicals and materials, serving customers in the Southeast, the Midwest, as well as the East Coast and states further West, including Texas.

The combined business will have 22 terminals, 350 tractors, 850 specialty trailers and over 500 drivers and owner-operators who will continue to support more than 2,000 delivery points serving over 500 customers.

“This is an exciting development for Sterling’s customers, drivers and its team of dedicated associates,” said Bart Middleton, CEO of Grammer. “As part of the Grammer family, Sterling will gain access to a broader set of resources which will enable the company to expand its service offering to its loyal customer base.”

Hugh Hinton, CEO of Sterling commented, “Confluence was outstanding to work with and we couldn’t have completed this transaction without their guidance, support and dedication. Their knowledge of the trucking industry, attention to detail and strategic advice was crucial to our success.”

About Sterling Transport Co., Inc.

Sterling Transport is a leading specialized tanker transportation company for liquid propane, liquid butane, natural gas liquids, dry bulk and asphalt markets. The Company serves over 250 customers in the Eastern, Southeastern, Midwestern and Southwestern United States, while recording over 90,000 deliveries and approximately 9 million billed miles annually.

About Grammer Industries, Inc.

Based in Columbus, Indiana, Grammer Industries was founded by Charles “Shorty” Whittington as a niche carrier servicing the agriculture industry by hauling anhydrous ammonia. The Company has grown steadily over time, adding new products and expanding its geographical base. Today, Grammer is the premier provider of bulk hazardous transportation services in the United States. The Company stands on its foundation of safety and unsurpassed customer service as the key components of its longevity and success.

About Confluence Advisors, LLC

Confluence helps business owners maximize the sale of a business or non-core division, raise optimal funding, or acquire a business. With over 80 years of combined deal experience and more than $1.5 billion in transactions, the Confluence team works every day to help companies and their stakeholders through critical business transitions. The above testimonials may not be representative of the experience of other customers and is not a guarantee of future performance or success.

Confluence Advisors Represents Basic PSA, Inc. in Sale Transaction

Confluence Advisors, LLC is pleased to announce that it advised Basic PSA, Inc. (“Basic”) in its sale to Anvil International, a portfolio company of One Equity Partners.

Headquartered in Johnstown, PA, Basic is a leading manufacturer and field service provider of shock arrestors (or “snubbers”) primarily to nuclear power plants throughout the world. A snubber is designed to allow normal thermal movement but protect piping and related systems from unwanted movement caused by seismic disturbances or other transient events.

“Basic’s product lines are highly complementary to Anvil’s Engineered Pipe Supports business in North Kingstown, RI,” said Tom Fish, CEO of Anvil International. “Basic’s service business brings a new offering to our portfolio of customer solutions in the power industry.” Basic will continue to operate out of its Johnstown, PA manufacturing facility.

Grant Nelson, Vice President of Field Services commented, “Confluence was great to work with and we are very excited to be a part of the Anvil organization. We couldn’t have completed this transaction without the help of the Confluence team.”

About Basic PSA, Inc.

Basic PSA is the manufacturer of the PSA Mechanical Shock Arrestor also known as the PSA Mechanical Snubber, used to protect piping from dynamic forces and permit free thermal movement. Basic PSA supports nuclear products with a complete field service group which provides certified technicians, inspectors, and mobile test trailer facilities to support functional testing and service of mechanical and hydraulic snubbers. Basic PSA’s quality assurance program meets ASME Section III, and 10CFR50 Appendix B. Basic was founded in 1996 and was subsequently acquired by the employees through the formation of an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (“ESOP”).

About Anvil International

Anvil International is one of the largest and most complete manufacturers of pipe fittings, pipe hangers and piping support systems in the world. For more than 165 years, Anvil has provided the highest-quality pipe products and services with integrity and dedication to superior customer service. Anvil employs over 1,500 employees across eight facilities in the United States.

About Confluence Advisors, LLC

Confluence helps business owners maximize the sale of a business or non-core division, raise optimal funding, or acquire a business. With over 80 years of combined deal experience and more than $1.5 billion in transactions, the Confluence team works every day to help companies and their stakeholders through critical business transitions. The above testimonials may not be representative of the experience of other customers and is not a guarantee of future performance or success.

Confluence Advisors Represents Burrell Reagents, LLC in Sale Transaction

Confluence Advisors, LLC is pleased to announce that it advised Burrell Reagents, LLC in its sale to SilverMill, LLC and PNC Riverarch Capital. SilverMill, based in Bonita Springs, FL, is an investment firm led by an experienced group of laboratory and scientific industry executives. PNC Riverarch Capital is a middle-market private equity firm affiliated with the PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: PNC).

Headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA with a chemical production facility in Charlotte, NC, Burrell Reagents is a specialty chemical producer, manufacturer and distributor providing a wide range of chemicals, equipment and supplies used in analytical/test laboratories and production operations.  Customers primarily utilize the Company’s products to conduct internal testing of products for quality control purposes.    

Burrell Scientific, based in Pittsburgh, PA, was acquired in 2013 by an investor group led by Walter Rausch to consolidate and grow the laboratory and scientific products industry. In 2015, Burrell Scientific acquired Reagents, Inc., a Charlotte, NC based producer of specialty chemicals. Under Mr. Rausch’s leadership, the Company made significant investments in processes, people, facilities and technology that enabled the Company to achieve higher than industry growth rates. 

“We are excited to partner with industry executives and investors with significant experience in our sector who desire to continue to grow our business in new and exciting ways.  We expect to add new products and expand into new geographies.  It will also create opportunities for us to better serve our customers and offer greater room for growth to our employees," said Walter Rausch, Burrell Reagents President and CEO.

Ted Pulkownik, CEO of SilverMill, added, “Partnering with Burrell Reagents and its skilled employee base is an outstanding opportunity for our firms to capture the growth potential offered by the scientific market.  We look forward to accelerating the Company’s current growth trajectory.”

About Confluence Advisors, LLC
Confluence helps business owners maximize the sale of a business or non-core division, raise optimal funding, or acquire a business. With over 80 years of combined deal experience and more than $1.5 billion in transactions, the Confluence team works every day to help companies and their stakeholders through critical business transitions. The above testimonials may not be representative of the experience of other customers and is not a guarantee of future performance or success.

About Burrell Reagents, LLC
Burrell Reagents is a specialty chemical producer and distributor providing a wide range of chemicals and supplies used in analytical/test laboratories and production operations.Customers primarily utilize the Company’s products to conduct internal testing of products for quality control purposes.Industries served include chemical, food & beverage, metals, healthcare, pharmaceutical, pulp & paper, industrials and microelectronics, among others.