Quarton International advises Gen Cap America in the Sale of Thomas Pipe & Supply to Winsupply

December 21, 2017

Birmingham, Michigan, December 21, 2017 – Quarton International is pleased to announce that Thomas Pipe & Supply Co., a Phoenix-based distributor of industrial pipe, valves and fittings, has been acquired by Winsupply Inc. Quarton International acted as the exclusive investment banking advisor to Thomas Pipe & Supply Co. (“Thomas Pipe” or the “Company”) and Gen Cap America, Inc. (“Gen Cap”), its majority shareholder, in this transaction.

Founded 1983, Thomas Pipe is Arizona’s largest wholesale distributor of pipe, valves, fittings (“PVF”) and related fabrication services to the commercial, mechanical and industrial markets. Widely recognized as the premier PVF supplier in Arizona, Thomas Pipe serves a diverse customer base including mechanical contractors, MRO customers, and original equipment manufacturers. Don Helmlinger, President of Thomas Pipe, along with the rest of Thomas Pipe’s senior management team, will continue to lead the Company.

Thomas Pipe & Supply Co. (www.thomaspipe.net) is Arizona’s leading wholesale distributor of industrial pipe, valves, and fittings. The Company carries a complete line of PVF and related accessories, including over 10,000 SKUs sourced from more than 300 domestic and international manufacturers. The Company’s products are used in diverse applications, including airports, apartment buildings, corporate office buildings, hospitals and medical campuses, hotels, industrial processing facilities, manufacturing facilities, schools, stadiums and university buildings. Thomas Pipe is headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona.

Gen Cap America, Inc. (www.gencapamerica.com) is a Nashville-based private equity firm that provides equity for management buyouts, division spinoffs, and recapitalizations of profitable, well-established lower middle market businesses. The firm invests in a wide variety of industry sectors including energy, materials, industrials, consumer staples, healthcare and information technology.

Winsupply Inc. (www.winsupplyinc.com) is a leading supplier of residential and commercial construction and industrial supplies and equipment headquartered in Dayton, Ohio. The privately-held company has nearly 600 wholesaling locations in 45 states and offers entrepreneurs the unique opportunity to own a meaningful part of the local business. Collectively, Winsupply is known as “The Winsupply Family of Companies” and includes companies conducting business-to-business wholesale distribution of supplies and equipment in plumbing and heating; hydronics; pipe, valves and fittings; HVAC and refrigeration; electrical; fastening hardware; waterworks and utility; pumps; turf irrigation and landscape; and fire system fabrication.

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