GHJ&M was founded in 1989 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. For over twenty five years we have been a source of private capital to leading lower middle market companies. Our investment philosophy centers on the principle of partnership. Through strong collaborative partnerships with business owners, management teams, financing sources and professional advisers we have built a track record of creating value in the companies in which we invest.
We take a long-term approach to investing, provide expertise in a wide range of business disciplines and focus our efforts in the geographies and industries where our relationships and knowledge give our portfolio companies a competitive advantage.
Since our founding, we have raised $825 million in committed capital and made 56 control equity investments.
We’ve Made A Ninth Investment in Trailhead Fund.
GHJ&M is pleased to announce the recapitalization of Stouse, LLC on November 23, 2015. Stouse was recapitalized through GHJ&M’s Trailhead Fund, in partnership with management.
Based in New Century, KS, Stouse provides specialty printing services to a national network of over 16,000 print brokers, commercial printers, and promotional products distributors serving customers in need of custom short- and long-run printed products. Stouse offers its customers a complete line of quality screen, digital and flexographic printed products, including decals, roll labels, plastic cards and tags, magnets, signs, and a variety of custom-designed products. The Company leverages its almost 40-year history as one of the largest and most respected trade-only specialty printers in the nation.
GHJ&M partnered with Bary Marquardt, who purchased Stouse in 1977 and will remain active at the board level going forward, and the current management team to recapitalize the Company and support its continued trajectory. The recapitalization will enable additional investment in the Company’s already robust production capacity and will position Stouse as a platform to support an ever-expanding relationship with its customer base. Stouse will continue to operate from its New Century, KS headquarters.
Stouse represents the ninth platform investment in GHJ&M’s Trailhead Fund, the firm’s sixth fund with $250 million in commitments. Through Trailhead Fund, GHJ&M is actively seeking control equity investments in lower middle market companies with earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (“EBITDA”) of $5 million to $15 million and enterprise valuations ranging from $20 million to $150 million. GHJ&M has particular interest and investment experience in value-added manufacturing and distribution, business services, transportation, consumer products and services, and food products and processing.