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Current Investments
Doodad Printing, LLC Always For Me Specialized Snack Food Producer CCS
Better Things NTE Aviation, LLC Daddies Board Shop O2 Cool
Fluidmesh Networks Justice Desgin Hudson Lock, LLC Indiana Business Bank

Exited Investments
Star Struck Comtel Pro Media Beverly Clark AMCO Houseworks
Plumbing Master Services Avrio RMS Group Potbelly Sandwich Works Mell & Company

Doodad Printing, LLC
In March 2015, Waveland partnered with management to acquire the assets of doodad Printing, LLC. doodad is a leading provider of time-sensitive, multi-versioned printed advertising products for distribution to consumer households. The company’s products reach consumers via direct mail and shared mail as well as through inserts in coupon booklets and newspapers. doodad is highly differentiated based on its quick turnaround and short-run focus, catering to the specialized advertising needs of local businesses. doodad operates production facilities in Lancaster, PA and Austell, GA.

Plus Size Woman's Apparel E-tailer
In December 2014, Waveland acquired the assets of a leading e-commerce retailer of women's apparel for the plus-size market. Always for Me offers fashionable, high quality and affordable collections of swimwear, coverups, activewear and lingerie for plus-size women. With almost twenty years of experience, Always for Me's attention to detail and obsession with fit has led to its success as one of the most popular and trusted online destinations for the plus size consumer.

In November 2014, Daddies Board Shop completed the add-on acquisition of CCS, an online retailer and catalog business serving the action sports market. CCS is the premier destination for everything skate, snow and street inspired including skateboards, shoes, apparel and more. The operations of CCS have been integrated into Daddies existing facility in Portland, OR. www.ccs.com

In November 2014, O2 Cool completed the add-on acquisition of Better Things. Better Things designs and manufactures decorative, proprietary products for use around the home, pool, patio and beach. The operations of Better Things have been integrated into O2 Cool’s existing facility in Chicago, IL.

Doodad Printing, LLC
In September 2013, Waveland partnered with management to invest in a growing snack food business based in Wisconsin. The Company specializes in private label and branded items including popcorn, pretzels, chips, party mixes and a variety of unique holiday food gift items. The Company’s customers include large retailers in the mass, grocery, drug and discount channels.

NTE Aviation, LLC
In March 2012, Waveland partnered with management to acquire the assets of Lewisville, Texas based NTE Aviation, LLC. NTE is a leading aftermarket reseller of airplane engine and airframe components. NTE engages in the sourcing and reselling of engine and airframe parts to/from MRO facilities, OEMs, airline operators and leasing companies. www.nteaviation.com

Daddies Board Shop
In December 2011, Waveland invested in Daddies Board Shop, a Portland, Oregon based e-commerce retailer of action sports goods. The company maintains one of the industry’s most extensive offerings of leading action sports brands in both equipment and accessories. The transaction will provide for the continued growth of the business, including supporting an upgrade of the company’s e-commerce platform and other key back office systems. www.daddiesboardshop.com

O2 Cool
In October 2011, Waveland partnered with existing ownership and the former management team of Focus Products Group, LLC, an investment Waveland exited in 2006, to acquire Chicago-based O2 Cool, LLC. O2 Cool is the nation's leading designer and marketer of battery-operated fans, water-cooling hydration products and other unique accessories. O2 Cool sells its products through various mass merchants, sports venues, and other unique outlets. www.o2-cool.com

Fluidmesh Networks
In April 2011, Waveland partnered with management and Generation3 Capital to invest in Fluidmesh Networks, a designer and manufacturer of point-to-point, point-to-multipoint and mesh wireless radio products for security, video surveillance, condition monitoring and/or high-bandwidth data transmission applications in outdoor environments. www.fluidmesh.com

Plumbing Master Services
In September 2009, Waveland invested in Plumbing Master Services, a leading emergency repair plumbing services provider to many national retail chains including well-known restaurants, convenience stores and gas stations in Southern California. The company currently services customers in Los Angeles and San Diego.

Avrio RMS Group
In May 2008, Waveland invested in RMS Technology Solutions, Inc., and in January 2009, Waveland invested in Avrio Group Surveillance Solutions, LLC. In 2009, Waveland merged the two businesses to form Avrio RMS Group. Avrio RMS Group is a national leader in IP-surveillance solutions for the public safety market. The company designs, engineers and deploys turnkey wireless security solutions for municipalities and organizations with wide area surveillance needs. A pioneer in the space, Avrio RMS Group created the nation's first pole mounted wireless surveillance camera systems known as PODSS® (Portable Over Digital Surveillance Systems) and developed the nation's most sophisticated wireless IP video network covering over 200 square miles. Avrio RMS Group deployments protect many U.S. cities and have secured VIP events such as the Presidential Inauguration, Democratic National Convention, Republican National Convention, G20 Summit and the Superbowl.

Justice Desgin
In December 2007, Waveland partnered with existing ownership in a recapitalization of Justice Design Group to provide for the continued growth of the company. Justice Design is a designer, manufacturer and importer of decorative residential, hospitality, and commercial lighting.  The company is the undisputed leader in the domestic ceramic lighting category. Justice Design is also a well-known provider of other high-quality lighting fixtures using various specialty materials such as translucent porcelain, faux alabaster, faux candle, and Venetian glass. Justice Design sells to over 1,500 lighting showrooms, electrical distributors, and hospitality purchasing agents across the United States and Canada.

StarStruck, Inc.
In May 2006, Waveland acquired the assets of Star Struck, Inc., a leading distributor of watch batteries and related supplies to the jewelry trade, department stores and big box retailers.

Hudson Lock, LLC
In October 2004, Waveland partnered with management to purchase Hudson Lock, a leading manufacturer and distributor of medium security locks. Hudson, with its headquarters in Hudson, Massachusetts, serves the office furniture and hardware markets and its major customers include the nation’s largest office furniture manufacturers. Hudson, founded in 1963, also sells products to locksmith distributors under the ESP brand name.

Indiana Business Bank
In September 2004, Waveland invested in Indiana Business Bank (“IBB”). IBB is an Indianapolis-based de novo business bank. Seasoned Indiana banking professionals formed the bank to target small and medium sized business customers that continue to be displaced or underserved as a result of the consolidation in the banking industry in Indiana.

In December 2003, Waveland formed Clark Brands with the existing management team and an industry investor after purchasing the Clark gasoline family of brands through the bankruptcy process. Clark Brands licenses the Clark gasoline brand and other related brands to independent gasoline stations pursuant to a brand-licensing program. The Clark brand, in existence since 1932, is well known throughout Chicago and the Midwest. Additionally, Clark Brands offers a complete payments processing program, comprehensive image and sign packages and numerous marketing programs that add value for its customers. Clark Brands works with approximately 1,000 gasoline stations throughout the Midwest.

Comtel Pro Media
In August 2003, Waveland purchased Comtel Pro Media in partnership with management and key industry investors. Comtel is the leading professional and data media distributor on the west coast. The company distributes media products such as Sony tape to movie houses, production studios and television shows. Comtel has a customer base of more than 2,500 companies.

Beverly Clark
In May 2003, Waveland partnered with Beverly Clark, the original founder of the company who had exited the business in 2000, and Portfolio Solutions to purchase the Beverly Clark Collection out of bankruptcy. The company is one of the nation’s leading manufacturers and distributors of wedding products. The company currently distributes to more than 3,000 wedding retailers countrywide.

Potbelly Sandwich Works
In September 2001, Waveland participated in the first round of growth capital investment in Potbelly Sandwich Works. Waveland has invested in the two subsequent rounds of financing. Potbelly is a fast growing, quick-serve restaurant concept featuring hot sandwiches served in a fun, energetic and inviting atmosphere. Potbelly is aggressively pursuing expansion into other major markets across the United States. Waveland introduced this concept to Howard Schultz, the founder of Starbucks, and Dan Levitan, the Managing Partner of Seattle-based investment firm Maveron LLC. Maveron became an investor and both individuals joined Potbelly’s Board of Directors.

Mell & Company
In August 2001, Waveland invested in Mell & Company, a company formed after acquiring Bob Mell & Company and Mel Newfield & Company, two affiliated companies in the business of marketing and supplying guest checks and related items to restaurants. Mell & Company sells to more than 16,000 independent restaurants nationwide.

Focus Products Group LLC
In August 2001, Waveland in partnership with Focus Investments, LLC, formed Focus Products Group, LLC (“Focus”) to acquire the business and assets of AMCO Houseworks and Sensible Storage. AMCO Houseworks is a designer and manufacturer of houseware products that are sold to customers such as Crate and Barrel, Williams-Sonoma, and Bed Bath & Beyond. Sensible Storage is a designer, importer and distributor of storage products that are sold into mass-market retailers and club outlets, as well as smaller hardware and household stores.

Since the original transaction, Focus has done over ten additional acquisitions and significantly broadened it offerings.  Focus today has grown to serve the hospitality, food service, and consumer markets. The company specializes in the design and marketing of functionally superior housewares, bakewear, personal care, storage systems and kitchen electrics.  Focus’ current operating companies consist of :

  • Amco Houseworks, LLC-Quality, innovative, stylishly designed kitchen tools and accessories.
  • Jerdon Products, LLC- Personal care accessories featured in the finest retailers, hotels and resorts.
  • Swing-A-Way, LLC- Worlds favorite can opener since 1938.
  • Chicago Metallic- Professional and commercial bakeware for the serious home baker.
  • Sensible Storage, LLC- Practical,attractive and easy to assemble storage solutions to fit every need.
  • West Bend Housewares, LLC- Essential electric appliances for kitchen and entertaining since 1911.