Lubar & Co. Investments

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




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

  1. Mortgage Associates 1963

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

  2. Sorgel Electric 1966

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

  3. Versa Technologies 1967

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

  4. Greywolf Drilling, Inc. 1978

    Greywolf Drilling, Inc. 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.

  5. 1982

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

  6. 1983

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

  7. Kurth Malting 1983

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

  8. 1983

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

  9. Gander Mountain 1984

    Gander Mountain 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.

  10. 1984

    Teletech Resources A provider of shared tenant communication services. Acquired by management

  11. The Business Journal 1984

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

  12. 1985

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

  13. Effective Management Systems 1986

    Effective Management Systems 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.

  14. Gleeson Reel Corp 1986

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

  15. 1986

    Mattson Instruments 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.

  16. 1986

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

  17. Total Logistics, Inc. 1987

    Total Logistics, Inc. 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.

  18. Christina Companies 1988

    Christiana Companies 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.

  19. 1988

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

  20. Grant Prideco 1989

    Grant Prideco 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).

  21. Romance Foods Company 1989

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

  22. Hi-Lite Machine Company 1990

    Hi-Lite Machine Company 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.

  23. Advantage Leasing 1992

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

  24. Wisconsin Film & Bag 1993

    Wisconsin Film & Bag 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.

  25. Emmpak Foods 1993

    Emmpak Foods 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.

  26. 1994

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

  27. 1998

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

  28. Emmpak Foods 1998

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

  29. Ellora Energy 2003

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

  30. Marshall Erdman & Associates 2004

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

  31. Wrightwood Capital 2004

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

  32. Optique Capital Management, Inc. 2007

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

  33. Cogdell Spencer 2008

    Cogdell Spencer is 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.

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