We understand that an ownership transition is a major decision and is only made after in-depth conversations and meaningful relationship building with the right partner. For more than two decades, Rockwood has been a trusted partner for lower middle market companies looking for the experience, resource and capital to achieve their growth potential. We welcome the opportunity to introduce ourselves to you and learn about your personal and business goals and objectives.

Business owners can direct referrals to Kate Faust, Partner-Business Development at (216) 278-7070 or

Partnering with Rockwood

Joining forces with Rockwood to transform your business provides both immediate and longer-term benefits. Some of these include:

Access to Capital
Rockwood is a leading investment firm with significant committed investment capital and a history of successful partnerships with lower middle market manufacturing, distribution, and industrial service businesses. We are a long-term investor and are committed to investing in the growth of our portfolio companies through a combination of organic growth and acquisition.

Business Continuity
With an understanding of your business and the value it provides customers, as well as our commitment to consistently investing in its people, facilities and technology, Rockwood can provide the essential infrastructure and the right incentives for employees while positioning it for continued growth.

Proven Value Creation
Rockwood has developed a comprehensive portfolio management “toolbox” to allow us to execute on our mission – to build companies. You can learn more about our proprietary toolbox by clicking the Management Approach tab to the left.

Rockwood has an extensive network of entrepreneurs and current and former senior executives of both Fortune 1000 companies and family-owned businesses. We tap into this network for strategic advice, board directorships, industry introductions and additional resources for our management teams.

Personal Commitment
As significant investors, Rockwood’s principals have a vested interest in each one of our portfolio companies. This ensures that our interests are fully aligned with those of our management partners and investors.

Partnership Approach

We work with owners and leadership teams at the pace that is most comfortable for them, with open lines of communication throughout the process. Each partnership is unique, but a typical process typically takes three to six months from start to finish, in two distinct phases:

Preliminary Phase (30-60 days)

Introductory Meeting or Call
We will talk with you about your business, why you’re considering a transition, and what role you would like to have after the deal closes.

Confidentiality Agreements
Both parties will sign a non-disclosure agreement.

Initial Analysis
We will provide you with a short preliminary data request list. Once we receive the information, we will prepare a valuation and offer.

Letter of Intent (LOI)
Both parties will sign a non-binding offer that outlines the key terms of the agreement, including the preliminary details and anticipated selling price.

Confirmatory Diligence & Documentation Phase (60-90 days)

Due Diligence
We will request additional data and documents from you for detailed analysis, both by us and third party experts.

Both parties will finalize the transaction negotiations and documents (purchase agreement and schedules, bank agreements, shareholders’ agreement, management agreements, etc.)

The real work starts after the financial transactions are complete. Rockwood will begin the transition and strategic planning processes, with your leadership team continuing to play a vital role in the newly formed business.

Management Approach

We build companies outside of their current competencies, and our involvement and oversight help these businesses transform and achieve their full potential. Once the successful base platform is in place, we provide business owners and management teams with access to our comprehensive and proprietary portfolio management “toolbox.” These resources, processes and strategic initiatives include, among others:

  • Operational improvements
  • Professional reporting and metrics
  • Sales channel enhancements
  • Management support
  • Synergistic add-on acquisitions
  • Employee engagement and internal culture