January 15, 2013
Prophet Equity LP Acquires Market Leading Automotive Platform and Branded Medical Uniforms Add-On
January 15, 2013 – Prophet Equity LP announced today that it has acquired Hatch Stamping Company (“Hatch”) out of Chelsea, MI. Under the terms of the transaction, Ron Hatch, former majority owner and CEO of Hatch, Dan Craig, Hatch President, and Chris Parrott, Hatch CFO, will have significant roles and ownership in the company going forward.
“I could not be more pleased with the outcome of this transaction,” said Ron Hatch. “After many years of supporting Hatch’s geographic, production capability, and end market growth, I am excited to partner with the management team and Prophet Equity to continue our mission of manufacturing excellence and to capitalize on the growth opportunities afforded to Hatch.”
“Over the past 60 years, Ron Hatch, Ron’s father, and the current management team have built Hatch into a great asset in the global automotive industry,” commented Ross Gatlin, Prophet Equity's CEO and Managing Partner. “With highly automated manufacturing and assembly capabilities in Michigan and Queretaro, Mexico and parts on most platforms manufactured in North America, Hatch has unique strategic strength and significant value creation opportunities.”
“We are excited to support the management team and Mr. Hatch in the company’s growth,” said Brian Hegi, Senior Principal of Prophet Equity. “With years of operational and strategic acumen in the automotive industry, Prophet Equity will be a collaborative partner to help the company explore and evaluate opportunities to create additional value.”
Charles Collie, Senior Executive Director of Prophet Equity, remarked, “Not only are we excited about our partnership with Ron Hatch and the management team, but we are also excited about our unique, long term financing partnerships that provided leverage for the acquisition and liquidity to support the future growth of the company.”
Additionally, Prophet Equity has acquired substantially all of the assets of Tafford Uniforms LLC (“Tafford”) as an add-on to its portfolio company Public Safety Supply Resources, Inc. (“Public Safety Supply”). Originally founded in 1987, Tafford is a leading retailer of third-party and Tafford-branded medical uniforms and accessories. Tafford markets and sells to over 400,000 customers in the U.S. and Canada primarily through its website (www.Tafford.com).
Jeff Tousa, President of Public Safety Supply, noted that “We are excited to be acquiring a well-recognized medical uniform name with such a uniquely loyal customer following. The Tafford acquisition affords us an opportunity to leverage our best-in-class web sales and marketing capabilities to diversify our overall product and customer focus. We’ve enjoyed working alongside Prophet Equity in completing this transaction, and we look forward to further expanding the Public Safety platform.”
Ross Gatlin, Prophet Equity’s CEO and Managing Partner, commented that “Tafford is a special asset that will allow Public Safety Supply to continue to penetrate the large, expanding medical uniform market with a portfolio of leading brands. We have the right team, strategy and capital plan to reinvigorate the Tafford business and continue to be a value added, service-oriented consolidator in this fragmented space.”
In order to continue offering market-leading branded medical uniforms and add to a broad selection of Tafford-branded medical uniforms beginning in early 2013, Public Safety Supply has added additional resources in the areas of customer service, marketing, merchandising, and warehousing. “Through our experience in the medical uniform industry, we have identified a number of actionable value creation opportunities associated with the Tafford acquisition. Tafford’s large and growing customer base, its 25-year legacy in the medical uniform space, and its differentiated product offering combine to create a foundation for substantial growth,” said Ben Eakes, a Principal with Prophet Equity.
About Hatch Stamping
Headquartered in Chelsea, Michigan, Hatch is a leading manufacturer of complex metal stampings and assemblies to the automotive industry. The company supplies the world’s leading manufacturers of fuel, braking, roofing, and interior automotive systems with complex safety critical metal components and mechanisms through its six manufacturing centers of excellence, including a state of the art facility in Queretaro, Mexico. Hatch provides a broad spectrum of value-added capabilities, including robotic welding and subcomponent assembly, e-coating, in-line vision inspection and error detection, prototype design and construction, and full tool and die-build and repair. Combining the most advanced and efficient automation, production, and secondary operation equipment with in-house engineering resources, Hatch has established itself as a trusted manufacturing partner to a marquee and global customer base of Tier 1 automotive suppliers. www.hatchstamping.com
About Public Safety Supply Resources, Inc.
Public Safety Supply Resources, Inc. is a leading marketer and distributor of apparel, duty gear, footwear, medical supplies, vehicle equipment, uniforms, and other products used by police, fire, medical, and military professionals. Public Safety Supply Resources, Inc. owns and operates three primary business units comprised of Chief Supply, Inc., Law Enforcement Supply, Inc., and Tafford Resources, Inc. Chief Supply, Inc. is a direct marketer and distributor of public safety equipment for small and medium sized police, fire, medical, and survey professionals throughout the U.S. (www.chiefsupply.com). Law Enforcement Supply, Inc. is a leading distributor and installer of police supplies and vehicle equipment for police departments in the Southeast U.S. Tafford Resources, Inc. is a leading retailer of third-party and Tafford-branded medical uniforms and accessories serving over 400,000 customers in the U.S. and Canada primarily through its website (www.Tafford.com). Public Safety Supply Resources, Inc. is headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina.
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