RVIA Economic Impact Study

The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association commissioned an Economic Impact Study on the RV industry, released on June 7, 2016. The study found that the RV industry contributes about $49.7 billion in economic output or 0.28 percent of the Gross Domestic Product. Through its production and distribution linkages, the industry impacts firms in 426 of the 440 sectors of the United States economy.

Nationwide, the industry is responsible for 216,170 jobs, both directly and inderectly, creating an economic impact of $37.5 billion. The full study results, along with each individual state and congressional district's economic impact is available on the website by clicking here .

Genstar Capital, a private equity firm focused on investments in targeted segments of the industrial technology, healthcare, financial services, and software industries, today announced the signing of a definitive agreement to sell the Global Marine and Mobile division of portfolio company Power Products, to Brunswick Corporation for $910 million in cash.

The Electrical Construction & Maintenance business is excluded from the sale and upon completion of the transaction, Genstar will continue to own the ECM business, which consists of a portfolio of leading brands serving the electrical maintenance and repair, lighting and irrigation markets. 

Brands include Gardner Bender, Sperry Instruments, Bergen Industries, and King Innovation. The ECM business has been supplying electricians, do-it-yourselfers, contractors, and maintenance technicians with a wide variety of innovative products for more than 50 years. The ECM brands are widely stocked and distributed through leading North American wholesalers, retailers, catalogs and e-commerce distributors.

Power Products’ Global Marine and Mobile business is a world leader in marine and mobile electrical components and power management systems. Its products and highly engineered electrical systems help build and maintain recreational boats as well as power recreational, specialty and emergency vehicles worldwide. Power Products’ broad range of electrical devices for marine, RV, specialty vehicle and industrial markets include preeminent brands such as Ancor, BEP, Blue Sea Systems, CZone, Del City, Lenco Marine, Marinco, Mastervolt, Park Power, Progressive Industries, and ProMariner.

“After having worked with CEO David Scheer and his team over the past 18 months to build out and expand the Power Products business, we are pleased that Brunswick recognizes the strength of the Global Marine and Mobile business as well as its future potential," Rob Rutledge, managing director of Genstar, says. "Going forward, our partnership with the ECM management team will focus on continuing to invest behind the growth of the ECM platform through continuing to develop industry leading products and pursuing the acquisition of other leading brands in the ECM space.”

“We have worked closely with Genstar to build our  marine and mobile business through new product innovation, added acquisitions that dramatically enhanced our global scale, and  launched  an integrated systems business  to deliver value-add design and engineering services to our marine and vehicle OEM customers," says David Scheer, Power Products CEO. "With Genstar’s ongoing support, we are well-positioned to continue to grow our ECM business as demonstrated by our two most recent acquisitions, Bergen Industries and King Innovation. With further investments in product development, technology, and distribution infrastructure, we remain committed to deliver the broad product offering and value added customer support that our channel partners and end-users have come to expect from us.”

The closing of the transaction is subject to usual and customary closing conditions as well as regulatory review and approval, which is anticipated during the third quarter. Genstar invested in Power Products in December, 2016. Baird served as financial adviser to Genstar and Weil; Gotshal & Manges served as legal counsel on the transaction.

About Power Products LLC
Power Products LLC, headquartered in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, is a global, diversified electrical products platform with locations in The Netherlands, New Zealand, Mexico, China, and the United States. The Power Products portfolio consists of leading brands for a variety of aftermarket and OEM customer segments in electrical construction and maintenance, recreational marine and specialty vehicles, industrial power, and transportation.

About Genstar Capital
Genstar Capital is a leading private equity firm that has been actively investing in high quality companies for more than 25 years. Based in San Francisco, Genstar works in partnership with its management teams and its network of strategic advisors to transform its portfolio companies into industry-leading businesses. Genstar currently has $9.7 billion in assets under management and targets investments focused on targeted segments of the industrial technology, healthcare, financial services and software industries. 

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Genstar Capital Signs $910M Deal with Brunswick Corp.