Daily News: July 31, 2012

Harris Williams Advises Harmar in Sale to Cortec Group


Harris Williams & Co. announced the sale of Harmar Mobility, LLC, a designer, manufacturer and marketer of mobility and accessibility solutions focused on the vehicle and residential lift segment of the market, to Cortec Group. Harmar was a portfolio company of Seidler Equity Partners. Harris Williams & Co. acted as the exclusive advisor to Harmar. The transaction closed on July 20, 2012 and was led by Turner Bredrup, James Clark, Geoff Smith and Whit Knier from the firm’s Healthcare & Life Sciences (HCLS) Group.

“Harmar has established itself as a clear leader in the mobility and accessibility market through innovative, comprehensive and high quality products, paired with unparalleled service to an expanding network of loyal customers across multiple dealer-based distribution channels. This transaction is evidence of the strong interest that continues in the sector, driven by investors’ desire to find scalable business models in a growing market that is positioned to benefit from positive demographic trends, as well as increasing utilization among the expanding addressable population,” said Turner Bredrup, a managing director and head of Harris Williams & Co.’s HCLS Group.

Harmar delivers innovative solutions to help individuals enhance their mobility, independence and quality of life with every product. Available only through the finest dealerships around the world, Harmar’s mobility and accessibility products are designed, built and supported to be the highest quality, most reliable and best value in the industry.

Based in Marina del Rey, CA, Seidler is a private investment firm that provides long-term capital and value-added strategic resources to visionary executives seeking to grow their business.

Cortec is a New York-based private equity firm that acquires high value-added, lower middle-market specialty manufacturing, distribution and service businesses with leadership positions in their market niches.

Harris Williams & Co. is a middle-market investment bank focused on the advisory needs of clients worldwide.