Chatham Technologies, Inc. (B&M Machining & Fabrication, Inc.)

Status: Past
Initial Investment: September 1997
Location: Dallas, TX
Investment Type: Build-Up
Investment Industry: Electronics

Chatham Technologies, Inc. was formed when Harvey & Company, an East Coast-based private equity firm, and CEO B. William Bonnivier partnered to acquire five electronics enclosure manufacturers with approximately $150 million of combined revenue.  In three years, Chatham grew to over $550 million in revenue making it one of the world’s largest manufacturers of custom metal enclosures serving the telecommunications market. Harvey & Company initiated the partnership between the private equity fund and CEO Biff Bonnivier, and the five acquisitions that represented the platform: Pilot Technologies Corp., Inc., Logic Design Metals, Inc., Kingston Metal Specialties Co., Hennessy Products, Inc., and B&M, Inc. Chatham’s electronic enclosures included steel, aluminum, stainless steel, and plastic or composite casings that house and protect virtually every electronic product in indoor and outdoor applications with particular strength in the telecommunications market. In addition, Chatham provided a full range of value-added services for its customers, including: design and engineering, installation of electronic components, assembly, testing, inventory control, and packaging and distribution services. Chatham transformed “job shop” enclosure manufacturing companies into a true solutions provider. In August 2000, Chatham was acquired by Flextronics International for $960 million.

 

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