L Squared Completes the Acquisition of Crane 1

Crane 1 is one of the largest overhead crane MRO services and equipment companies in the United States and will serve as a platform for L Squared to aggressively consolidate the highly fragmented $3 billion overhead crane MRO market

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–August 16, 2021–

L Squared Capital Partners (“L Squared”) is pleased to announce the acquisition of Miamisburg, Ohio based Crane 1 (“Crane 1” or the “Company”), one of the largest providers of overhead Crane MRO services and equipment in the United States from Pfingsten. The investment represents L Squared’s second platform investment in Fund III, a $505 million private equity fund that closed in September 2020. Crane 1 is a proven M&A platform operating in the highly fragmented $3 billion market for overhead crane MRO services and equipment, having completed six acquisitions in the last five years.

Crane 1 is the only scaled private equity backed consolidation platform in the industry with operation across 15 states. The Company and 225 of the industry’s finest technicians provide overhead crane MRO services and equipment that maximize safety, diminish liability, reduce maintenance costs, and increase overall productivity. The Company offers a full suite of services, including OSHA mandated inspections, maintenance, repair, design and installation of overhead crane systems and below-the-hook lifting devices. Additionally, Crane 1 recently launched a leading ecommerce site branded “Hoist Central,” providing customers with the highest level of service on hard-to-find controls and parts.

“L Squared is excited to begin our partnership with the Crane 1 team. The Company is well aligned with our investment strategy given that it operates in a highly fragmented market where demand is driven by both regulation and critical need for safety,” said Sean Barrette, Partner at L Squared and Crane 1 Board Member. “We look forward to continuing Crane 1’s strong momentum in consolidating the industry and serving customers across a broad set of end markets.”

In partnership with the management team, L Squared plans to continue building upon Crane 1’s leadership position across technician talent and best in class equipment delivery to provide an unmatched value proposition for customers.

“L Squared is well suited to add value as Crane 1’s new partner given their proven consolidation playbook across multiple industries,” said Bob Vevoda, Crane 1’s CEO. “Crane 1 enjoys strong momentum with our loyal customer base because of the commitment of our team, especially our front-line technicians. We look forward to continued growth with a focus on safety and building upon our reputation as the “employer of choice” for top technician talent.”

Piper Sandler & Co advised Crane 1 and Pfingsten on the transaction and Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP served as legal counsel. Vedder Price served as legal counsel to L Squared Capital Partners.

About L Squared Capital Partners

L Squared Capital Partners is an investment firm headquartered in Newport Beach, CA that seeks to make long-term investments in leading growth companies that operate in targeted sectors: Education Technology, Tech-Enabled Services & Software, and Industrial Technology & Services. Our unique investor base of family offices enables us to focus on long-term value creation driven by revenue and earnings growth, not financial engineering or market timing. The principals of L Squared have worked together for over a decade and have over 80 years of combined experience investing in growing private companies.

For additional information, please visit www.LSquaredCap.com.

About Crane 1

Crane 1 is a leading provider of overhead crane MRO services and equipment that maximize safety, diminish liability, reduce maintenance costs, and increase overall productivity. The Company offers a full suite of services, including OSHA mandated inspections, maintenance, repair, design and installation of overhead crane systems and below-the-hook lifting devices. Additionally, Crane 1 recently launched a leading ecommerce site branded “Hoist Central,” providing customers with the highest level of service on hard-to-find controls and parts. Crane 1 is headquartered in Miamisburg, OH and operates across 15 states.

For additional information, please visit www.crane1.com or www.hoistcentral.com

Provided for informational purposes only and is not intended as investment advice or an offer or solicitation with respect to the purchase of any investment. Investing with any investment firm is suitable only for qualified investors that fully understand the risks of such an investment. L Squared Capital Partners is an investment adviser registered with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. Registration does not imply a certain level of skill or training. Investments with L Squared Capital Partners are only offered in accordance with applicable securities laws.

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Sean Barrette
Partner
Office: (949) 398-0178
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Tyler Huez
Principal
Office: (949) 398-0182
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Stephen Foley
Associate
Office: (949) 519-3474
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