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Private
Equity

Built For Entrepreneurs

Barrier Ridge Capital (“BRC”) is a unique private equity firm with a different approach. BRC utilizes its success in operating companies to view private equity opportunities through an entrepreneur’s lens.

Void of the fund-related investor restrictions that many private equity funds must adhere to, BRC has complete flexibility when it comes to structuring deals, deal size, and pursuing opportunities of interest. 

BRC aims to be a great partner by rolling up their sleeves and diving into “less-than-perfect” situations. 

BRC is your private equity partner fueled by an industry driven entrepreneurial approach.

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ABOUT

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BRC was formed through the successful growth and development of its operating companies. Beginning principally as operators within the industrial sector, the businesses grew to a point where implementing a private equity approach made sense to accelerate success.

 

BRC acquires and partners with companies in North America that strategically fit within the highway and road safety infrastructure platform. BRC also seeks out opportunities for platform investments in other industrial-based businesses. Not solely focusing on a narrow range of investment criteria based only on historical financial performance, BRC looks for strategic benefits that a company could provide their platform. Likewise, BRC demonstrates to potential partners the value of leveraging the BRC platform and team. 

ABOUT
Intermediaries

1000+

People Employed

35+

Operating Companies

50+

Facilities Across North America

INVESTMENT CRITERIA

INVESTMENT
CRITERIA

INDUSTRY FOCUS

BRC’s legacy platform is based on companies that have some connection to highway and road safety infrastructure.

Although the legacy platform will always be a focus for BRC, they are also interested in investing in other industrial-based platforms. BRC will consider opportunities in technology, distribution, transportation, real estate, and many other sectors, however, some connection to the core platform would likely be necessary.
 

SIZE AND OWNERSHIP

BRC is flexible regarding size and profitability. BRC will pursue small businesses in their areas of interest, regardless of revenue size or the number of employees, right up to businesses with $100 million + of revenue. 

 

With their deep sector expertise, BRC can also partner with other private equity firms on larger deals. BRC is comfortable taking majority or minority positions as well as 50/50 joint ventures, working with business owners to determine an optimal ownership structure for success.

GEOGRAPHY

BRC is focused on providing leading private market capital solutions for business owners to grow their enterprises, or to provide liquidity for owners seeking an exit as part of a succession plan. Currently, BRC’s geographic interests lie within North America.

TIME HORIZON

BRC does not operate under a fund model. Consequently, there are no preconceived holding periods.

 

BRC can facilitate succession planning for their operator partners by purchasing their equity or by planning a mutual exit to a third party. Being flexible and patient gives BRC a distinct advantage. As does being comfortable transacting where typical private equity firms may not.
 

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Operational Approach
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For transactions where a principal position does not fit within the BRC portfolio, our team will selectively provide third party advisory services to company owners and prospective purchasers. With a background in mergers & acquisitions, the BRC team has the experience and industry relationships to facilitate your transactions. BRC will provide advice for buy or sell side transactions through market-based solutions, regardless of the complexity. Leverage BRC’s expertise to ensure a successful outcome for your corporate development needs.   

ADVISORY SERVICES

Advisory Services
Platforms

PLATFORMS

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Road Safety Infrastructure

Our road safety platform focuses on all areas of the highway and road safety business, from manufacturing and rental of barrier systems to the distribution and installation of guiderails, crash attenuators, and everything in between.

 

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Noisewalls and Precast Concrete

Beginning with the vertical integration of a precast manufacturer, BRCs noisewall and precast group has grown into a significant market competitor and now offers a wide range of infrastructure solutions through the design, plan, and manufacturing stages.

 
 

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Metal Fabrication

The metal fabrication group of businesses manufacture fabricated aluminum and steel systems for highway related products including overhead tri-cord signs, light poles, bridge rails, and more.

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Construction

The BRC construction platform provides services to customers in the highway, railway, industrial and environmental industries. The companies specialize in foundation work, shoring, piling, fence construction, and more.

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Service Group

The Barrier Ridge services group provides complimentary services to the other BRC platforms that include traffic and pedestrian control, and hydro excavation services.

OUR TEAM

 EXECUTIVE TEAM

BENJAMIN POWELL
MANAGING DIRECTOR

MATTHEW POWELL
MANAGING DIRECTOR

WILLIAM POWELL JR
MANAGING DIRECTOR

NORM HYDE-WHIPP
CEO

DEBARA BAILEY
VP, PEOPLE & CULTURE

BRENT MCINTOSH 
INDUSTRY EXPERT, CIVIL CONSTRUCTION  

IAN RICCI
DIRECTOR, REAL ESTATE

LUBO ZIZAKOVIC 
MANAGING DIRECTOR

JACK LYNN 
HEAD OF STRATEGY & BUSINESS PERFORMANCE 

ZACHARY ZUBAC 
SENIOR ASSOCIATE 

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CONTACT

CONTACT
BARRIER

RIDGE CAPITAL

OUR ADDRESS

Address: 124 Wellington St E. Unit A, Aurora ON, L4G 1J1

Parking entrance from 128 Centre St. 

Phone: (416) 694-2274

Fax: (647) 849-3617

Email: info@barrierridge.com

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