BBB Industries LLC announced today that it has been acquired by an affiliate of Clearlake Capital Group. Duncan Gillis, CEO of BBB, will continue to lead the Company supported by the existing management team. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Founded in 1987, BBB has been a pioneer in sustainable manufacturing and the circular economy through its operations, which improve and extend the useful life of critical automotive parts. Historically, BBB specialized in the remanufacturing of non-discretionary parts for the personal and commercial vehicle aftermarket, including starters, alternators, brake calipers, steering products, and turbochargers. More recently, the company has embraced the EV market, starting with electric power steering and continuing with upcycling and increasing the lifespan of EV batteries. Beginning in 2021, BBB further expanded its offering beyond the automotive segment into renewable energy markets via its newly established TerrePower division.
“Today marks an exciting new chapter for BBB,” said Gillis. “Over the past decade we have identified and invested in opportunities to deliver sustainable manufacturing solutions to our core automotive end-markets and the broader industrial and renewable energy markets. We remain optimistic about the market potential across all these end-markets and are eager to partner with Clearlake as we enter our next phase of growth.”
“Clearlake continues to see attractive opportunities arising from a targeted approach to ESG-focused investing. Our desire to partner with BBB is driven by the opportunity to combine this thematic-based approach with our experience in the automotive aftermarket,” said José E. Feliciano, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, and Colin Leonard, Partner and Managing Director, of Clearlake. “BBB is poised to benefit from its leadership position in its core automotive markets as well as the market tailwinds within the renewable energy ecosystems that the Company has begun addressing through TerrePower. We see an exciting runway for future growth through continued investment in these capabilities.”
“We have long admired BBB as an innovative provider of sustainable manufacturing solutions,” said Ben Kruger, Senior Vice President of Clearlake. “We are excited to partner with Duncan and the BBB leadership team, and we look forward to leveraging our O.P.S framework to help the company expand its platform through both organic initiatives and strategic acquisitions.”
BBB joins Clearlake’s growing portfolio of sustainability-related investments, including Alkegen, a manufacturer of high-performance specialty materials designed to save energy and reduce pollution, Gravity, a provider of water recycling and infrastructure solutions to oil and gas companies, as well as IPG, Mold-Rite and Pretium, providers of recyclable packaging solutions for a wide breadth of end markets.
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