Trends in Manufacturing M&A: Supply Chain Dynamics, Labor Challenges, and The Future of Automation

Manufacturing in the United States is currently experiencing a major revival. In addition to stimulating a healing economy, the resurgence of onshore manufacturing is also creating tremendous opportunity for investors targeting the space. While all of this paints an exciting picture for the future of the manufacturing industry, it’s not without its challenges. Supply chain disruption, labor shortages, and pricing increases are major hurdles that both manufacturing operators and their financial sponsors will need to clear.

Steve Raymond, a Managing Director at DAK, was one of middle market deal professionals who sat down to discuss these major trends in manufacturing and how they will impact the M&A economy.

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VCI – Emergency Vehicle Specialists recapitalized by Tightrope Capital & NewSpring Capital

VCI is the preeminent full lifecycle sales and service provider of emergency ambulance solutions to first aid squads, EMS organizations, fire departments, hospital organizations, municipalities, and private medical transport companies in the Mid-Atlantic Region. VCI was recapitalized by private equity firms Tightrope Capital Partners and NewSpring Capital.

DAK led a competitive, sell-side process for VCI, generating multiple offers from a wide range of strategic buyers and financial sponsors. By positioning the combination of VCI’s market leadership position, comprehensive services offering, strong manufacturer relationships, and robust backlog, DAK achieved an outstanding outcome for the company’s shareholders.

The acquisition provides the shareholders of VCI an opportunity to accelerate its growth strategy by expanding its core ambulance business, building out the value-added segments of conversions and remounts, implementing operational improvements, and pursuing acquisitions with the help of its new partners. Tightrope and NewSpring have an opportunity to leverage VCI’s strong management team and operating platform to build a multi-regional player in emergency ambulance solutions.

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