Daily News: April 5, 2012

Harris Williams Advises in Sale of McKenzie Sports to Levine

Harris Williams & Co., a middle-market investment bank focused on the advisory needs of clients worldwide, announced the sale of McKenzie Sports Products, Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of taxidermy supplies, to Levine Leichtman Capital Partners. McKenzie was a portfolio company of Gridiron Capital. The transaction closed on March 30, 2012. Harris Williams & Co. acted as the exclusive advisor to McKenzie. The transaction was led by the firm’s Richmond and Minneapolis offices.

“We’ve enjoyed our longstanding relationship with McKenzie having represented the company in its prior sale in 2003. Through the years, we’ve watched management and Gridiron build a unique platform in the outdoor enthusiast sector with a proven track record of growth,” said John Neuner, a managing director at Harris Williams & Co. “We look forward to continuing to watch McKenzie’s management team execute on their growth strategy and are excited to have found them a great partner in Levine Leichtman who shares their vision for continued growth.”

McKenzie and its supporting brands have led the taxidermy industry for nearly 40 years and are renowned as the most trusted brands in the industry. McKenzie has leveraged a stable of world-class sculptors and a culture of superior customer service to develop the industry’s broadest and highest quality product offering.

Gridiron is a private equity firm focused on creating value by acquiring and building middle market manufacturing, service and specialty consumer companies in the United States and Canada.

Levine Leichtman is an independent investment firm that invests in middle-market companies located in the United States.