XTech (www.extrutech.com) is the world’s leading supplier of customized extruded aluminum faceplates and mechanical solutions for the telecommunications and networking industry. The Company has an outstanding reputation for offering customized engineering design and development services, coupled with providing the highest quality product and rapid delivery times.
RFE Investment Partners (www.rfeip.com) is a private equity investment firm focusing on smaller, middle-market service, manufacturing and healthcare related businesses. Since its founding in 1979, RFE has made investments in more than 120 companies operating in a wide variety of industries, and is currently investing from RFE Investment Partners VI, L.P., a $240-million private equity investment fund.
Extrusion Technology, Inc. (XTech) announced that it has been recapitalized with an investment by RFE Investment Partners (RFE) and XTech’s President & CEO, Reinhold Hesse. This transaction is the successful culmination of an initiative led by The Bigelow Company to proactively seek out the “Best New Majority Shareholder”, and in so doing, provide ownership and management transitions for Jim Sharpe and Debby Stein Sharpe.
“Our rapidly growing operations in both Massachusetts and Xiamen, China, encouraged us to seek a sophisticated financial partner that would support our niche strategy of providing the highest quality aluminum faceplates to a global customer base. RFE’s great experience and proven success working with entrepreneurial businesses will provide XTech with the capital and guidance needed to achieve our aggressive growth plan.” Reinhold Hesse, President and CEO, XTech
Robert MacLeod, Managing Director of Bigelow commented, “For over 20 years, Jim Sharpe successfully led XTech from a commodity aluminum extrusion business to a specialized niche worldwide market leader. He has developed the strategy and professional management team that has ensured the sustained longevity of this terrific business.”
“Jim and Debby have created an enterprise with a great foundation that, with Reinhold’s guidance, we look forward to continuing to build upon.” Michael Foster, Managing Director RFE