Lubar & Co. Investments

Throughout our history, Lubar & Co. has collaborated with dozens of vibrant, vital portfolio companies.

 

 

 

Learn more about the investment approach » that helps Lubar & Co. portfolio companies reach their full potential.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The following companies represent examples of former portfolio investments where we served a significant role as investor, director and advisor.

Advantage LeasingAdvantage Leasing - 1992

An equipment lessor to small businesses for office equipment, computers, material handling and machinery. Acquired by management.

 

Agricultural Products, Inc. - 1994

A former potato grower and packager based in Greely, CO. Acquired by management and private investors.
 

 

A.L. Gebhardt Co., Inc. - 1982

A former manufacturer of full grain and split leather used in industrial, personal product and apparel applications. Acquired by private investors.
 

 

Christiana CompaniesChristiana Companies - 1988

An entrepreneurial operating and investment company with three primary holdings holdings: (1) Total Logistic Control, a provider of integrated third party logistics, (2) Prideco, a manufacturer and supplier of drill pipe and other tubular oilfield equipment, and (3) various interests in real estate developments and holdings of mortgage notes. Prideco was merged into Weatherford International, Total Logistic Control was sold to Total Logistics, Inc. and the real estate and mortgage notes were liquidated.

 

Cogdell ErdmanCogdell Spencer - 2008

A Charlotte, NC-based publically traded Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) that specializes in the design, build, development, ownership, management and leasing of medical office buildings and healthcare-related facilities. Acquired by Ventas, a REIT headquartered in Chicago, Ill.

 

Effective Management SystemsEffective Management Systems - 1986

A former value-added reseller providing hardware and software operating systems to small and medium-sized manufacturers and distributors throughout the United States. Acquired by private investors.

 

Ellora EnergyEllora Energy - 2003

A former oil and gas exploration and development company with properties in east Texas, western Louisiana and southwest Kansas. Acquired by Exxon Mobil.

 

Emmpak FoodsEmmpak Foods - 1993

An integrated producer of fresh and frozen ground beef patties and restructured beef products sold to quick-service restaurants and grocery stores. Acquired by Cargill Inc.

 

Evans Foods - 1983

A producer of pork rind snacks for retail distribution. Acquired by private investors.
 

 

Gander MountainGander Mountain - 1984

A catalog and store-based retailer of hunting, fishing and outdoor recreational clothing and equipment. Catalog sold to Cabela's; the retail stores continue to operate.

 

Gleason ReelGleason Reel Corp. - 1986

A producer of hose and cable control equipment for manufacturers. Now owned by Hubbell, Inc.
 

 

Grant PridecoGrant Prideco Inc. - 1989

The world's largest manufacturer and supplier of oil field drill pipe and other drill stem products and the leading North American provider of high-performance premium connections and tubular products. Acquired by National Oilwell Varco (NOV).

 

Greywolf DrillingGreywolf Drilling, Inc. - 1978

A leading provider of turnkey and contract oil and gas land drilling services in the United States. Acquired by Precision Drilling Trust based in Calgary, Canada.

 

Hi-Lite Machine CompanyHi-Lite Machine Company - 1990

A designer, manufacturer and servicer of machine tools and accessories that polish and finish metal products such as stainless steel fittings, sinks and cookware. Acquired by management.

 

Kurth MaltingKurth Malting - 1983

A Midwest based multi-plant malting company serving breweries, distilleries and food companies throughout North America. Acquired by Archer Daniels Midland.

 

Lackawanna Leather - 1983

A cquired by private investors. A producer of leather for U.S.-based furniture, aircraft and automotive manufacturers.
 

 

Marshall ErdmannMarshall Erdman - 2004

A firm engaged in the design, engineering, development and construction of healthcare facilities. Acquired by Cogdell Spencer LP.

 

Mattson Instruments - 1986

A designer and manufacturer of Fourier Transform Infrared (FT-IR) Spectrometers and Gas Chromatograph Mass Spectroscopy (GC-MS) equipment to university, industry and government laboratories. Acquired by private investors.

 

Mortgage AssociatesMortgage Associates, Inc. - 1963

An originator of FHA and VA insured residential mortgages. Acquired by Fleet Bank (a.k.a. Bank of America).
 

 

Optique CapitalOptique Capital - 2007

A former registered investment advisor offering domestic large cap, international large cap and global dividend value products. Acquired by Manulife Financial/John Hancock.

 

Pfister & Vogel Tanning Co., Inc. - 1985

A manufacturer of full grain leather used primarily in high-end footwear and industrial applications. Acquired by private investors.
 

 

Pryon Corporation - 1998

A provider of carbon dioxide monitoring equipment used in hospital operating rooms and critical care units.
 

 

Romance Foods CompanyRomance Foods Company - 1989

A producer and distributor of fresh, pre-cooked, gourmet-quality pastas and sauces. Acquired by Johnsonville Foods.

 

Scinticor - 1988

A provider of multi-crystal gamma cameras used for non-invasive diagnosis of cardiovascular disease. Acquired by management.
 

 

Scoville Press - 1986

A former specialty printer of direct mail response cards. Acquired by management.
 

 

Sorgel Electric Co.Sorgel Electric Co. - 1966

A leading manufacturer of dry type transformers in the United States. Acquired by Square D.
 

 

Teletech Resources - 1984

A provider of shared tenant communication services. Acquired by management
 

 

Business JournalThe Business Journal - 1984

A weekly business publication serving greater Milwaukee and Southeastern Wisconsin. Went public in connection with national roll-up of Business Journals.
 

 

Total LogisticsTotal Logistics, Inc. - 1987

A public company with two operating divisions: Total Logistic Control and Zero Zone, Inc. Total Logistic Control operated refrigerated and dry warehouses, and provided integrated third-party logistics services including distribution, transportation, manufacturing, procurement and packaging to its customers. Zero Zone designs and manufactures glass-door refrigerated display cases. Acquired by SuperValu.

 

Versa TechnologiesVersa Technologies - 1967

A manufacturer of custom engineered components for the automotive, aircraft, computer, medical equipment and capital goods markets. Acquired by Applied Power.

 

Weatherford InternationalWeatherford International - 1998

A diversified international energy service and manufacturing company that provides drilling, completion and production services to the oil and gas industry. NYSE listed company.

 

Wisconsin Film & BagWisconsin Film & Bag - 1993

A producer of high quality polyethylene film and bags utilizing an in-line extrusion process. Products are used primarily in food and industrial applications. Acquired by management and private investors.

 

Wrightwood CapitalWrightwood Capital - 2004

A specialty real estate finance and investment company that provides equity and debt financing to real estate developers and operators. Acquired by Ares Capital.