In 1989, Mike Goldner and Van Hawn established the firm and its offices in Minneapolis. Shortly thereafter, Tim Johnson and Jack Morrison joined as partners. Together, the four founders held to a strong sense of partnership and to high standards of business stewardship which serve as the foundation that underlies the firm’s investment activities over 25 years later. GHJ&M has raised over $825 million in committed capital and invested in 56 control equity investments.

Here’s a look at our current and prior portfolio companies:

Current Portfolio Companies

  • Animart, LLC
  • Date of investment: April 2015

    Animart is one of the nation’s leading providers of animal health and veterinary products for dairy and livestock producers. Animart’s model combines an in-house veterinary service (consultations and prescription writing) with a robust distribution capability of both prescription and over-the-counter products, creating an efficient and convenient source of animal health products for its customers. Animart is based in Beaver Dam, WI.

    http://www.animart.com
  • Applied Adhesives
  • Date of investment: March 2017

    Applied Adhesives is a comprehensive provider of adhesive solutions for the packaging, product assembly, labeling, paper converting, and graphic arts industries via alignment with leading adhesive manufacturers and a customer-centric approach to value-add services. Applied Adhesives is headquartered in Minnetonka, Minnesota.

    http://www.applied-adhesives.com/
  • Cameron’s Coffee & Distribution Company
  • Date of investment: February 2014

    Cameron’s is a producer of premium specialty quality coffee and a leading provider of both branded and private label coffee products. Cameron’s is one of the country’s largest independent coffee roasters and offers a fast-growing line of single serve coffee pods in addition to both bagged (whole bean and ground) and bulk coffee, predominantly for customers in the retail grocery sector. Cameron’s operates from a state-of-the-art roasting and production facility, which employs best-in-class practices to ensure quality and sustainable coffee from farm to cup. Cameron’s is based in Shakopee, MN.

    http://www.cameronscoffee.com
  • Control Devices, LLC
  • Date of investment: August 2013

    Control Devices designs and manufactures engineered flow control solutions. It offers customized and standard valves, nozzles and accessories, condensate traps, refrigerant distributors and other products that serve as critical components in end-product applications including pressure washers, air compressors, fire suppression systems, specialty gas systems, HVACR, and heavy truck braking systems. The Company leverages its 50 year history as a product innovator and problem-solving design partner to industry-leading customers. Control Devices is based in Fenton, MO.

    http://www.cdivalve.com
  • CTM Group, Inc.
  • Date of investment: November 2013

    CTM Group, Inc. is a leading owner and operator of coin-operated children’s rides and penny presses in the U.S. The Company also owns and operates coin-operated candy kiosks and other complementary machines and sells related merchandise. The Company’s children’s rides and candy kiosks are located in over 650 enclosed and outdoor retail malls across the U.S. and its penny presses are located in nearly 900 high-traffic tourist destinations such as amusement parks, zoos, museums and historic landmarks. CTM is based in Salem, NH.

    http://www.ctmgroupinc.com
  • Imperial Plastics, Inc.
  • Date of investment: July 2012

    Imperial Plastics is a contract custom single and multi-shot injection molder specializing in the production of highly engineered plastic components, in a high volume environment. Its corporate headquarters is located in Lakeville, Minnesota with facilities in Lakeville and West St. Paul. The Company serves end markets including recreation, industrial, medical and consumer.

    http://www.imperialplastics.com
  • North America Central School Bus, LLC
  • Date of investment: December 2016

    North America Central School Bus is a national provider of student transportation services. The Company provides home-to-school bus services during the academic year for public schools, school charter services and non-school charter services. North America Central School Bus is headquartered in Joliet, Illinois.

    https://www.northamericacentral.com/
  • Quest Events, LLC
  • Date of investment: June 2015

    Quest Events is the market leader in the rental, distribution and logistics of commercial drapery and related products. Since its founding in 1998, Quest has expanded from one location to a nationwide network with 16 locations and sales in 40 states, Puerto Rico and Canada. Quest is headquartered in Frisco, Texas.

    http://www.www.questdrape.com
  • Stellar Materials, LLC
  • Date of investment: June 2015

    Stellar Materials is a manufacturer and provider of patented, chemically-bonded refractory materials (i.e., heat-resistant linings) under the Thermbond brand. Thermbond products serve as insulation for the insides of ovens/furnaces used in metal, mineral and hydrocarbon processing industries. Stellar is headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida.

    http://www.thermbond.com
  • Stouse, LLC
  • Date of investment: November 2015

    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 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. Stouse is based in New Century, KS.

    http://www.stouse.com

PRIOR PORTFOLIO COMPANIES

  • Allen Edmonds Shoe Corporation
  • Date of investment: July 2006


    Allen Edmonds is a manufacturer of premier quality, branded men’s footwear and accessories. The Company was founded in 1922 and markets products through a wholesale channel as well as 38 Company-owned retail stores. The Company is headquartered in Port Washington, Wisconsin.
  • American Engineered Components
  • Date Acquired: April 1999
    Date Exited: January 2004

    Fund: Marathon Fund IV

    AEC was a leading designer and manufacturer of complex, custom-designed stamped metal components, disc springs and engineered industrial fasteners, including sealer plugs, Carr Plug Buttons and Teenuts. The company served primarily the automotive, truck, electronics and industrial products markets. Customers included General Motors Truck and Bus, Ford, Chrysler Corporation, TRW, Autoliv, and Schlumberger.

  • American Lock
  • Date Acquired: August 1998
    Date Exited: April 2003

    Fund: Marathon Fund III

    American Lock manufactured and distributed high quality security hardware to both the industrial and consumer markets. In addition to being the world’s largest manufacturer of solid steel padlocks and the second largest manufacturer of padlocks in the United States, its product line included solid body steel, aluminum, brass, composite fiber, and laminated steel padlocks, as well as combination locks.

  • Bankers Systems
  • Date Acquired: December 1994
    Date Exited: August 1999

    Fund: Marathon Fund I & II

    Bankers Systems was the country’s leading supplier of products and services designed to assist banks and other financial institutions conduct business in compliance with legal and regulatory requirements.

  • Byerly’s
  • Date Acquired: October 1990
    Date Exited: April 1997

    Fund: Marathon Fund I & II

    Byerly’s, Inc. was a leading premium grocery format in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area. The company’s successful format featured a collection of high-margin specialty retail centers, such as deli counters, bakeries, seafood and meat counters, a broad product selection and exceptional customer service.

  • Claire-Sprayway
  • Date Acquired: September 1997
    Date Exited: July 2005

    Fund: Marathon Fund III

    Claire-Sprayway was a custom manufacturer of aerosol packaged chemical products for household, institutional and industrial cleaning agents and adhesives.

  • Crescent Sleep Products
  • Date Acquired: March 1998
    Date Exited: June 2000

    Fund: Marathon Fund III

    The Crescent Sleep Products was a leading producer and distributor of Serta brand mattresses and box springs. The company manufactured and distributed its products from three highly automated facilities in Clear Lake, Iowa, Grovetown, Georgia, and Greensboro, North Carolina.

  • Deltak
  • Date Acquired: May 1990
    Date Exited: January 1994

    Fund: Pre-Fund

    Deltak was a world-wide supplier of custom-designed heat recovery steam generators for gas turbine combined cycle power generation and specialty boilers for waste heat recovery applications. The company also provided installation, start-up, operation training and after-market services for all operating units.

  • Hartzell Manufacturing
  • Date Acquired: June 1993
    Date Exited: April 1997

    Fund: Marathon Fund I & II

    Hartzell Manufacturing provided services in plastic injection molding, structural foam molding, aluminum, zinc and magnesium die casting, and electro-mechanical assembly. The company offered a complete tooling package of assembly projects, from packaging and drop shipments to individual accounts.

  • Havco Wood Products
  • Date Acquired: August 1999
    Date Exited: August 2002

    Fund: Marathon Fund IV

    Havco WP, Inc. was the leading domestic manufacturer of laminated oak hardwood flooring used in the assembly of dry freight van trailers. The company’s strong relationships with its customers reflected its commitment to superior product quality, exceptional customer service, substantial manufacturing capacity and low cost solutions.

  • Houlihan’s Restaurants, Inc.
  • Date Acquired: January 2006
    Date Exited: December 2015

    Fund: Marathon Fund V

    Houlihan’s Restaurants develops, operates and franchises a system of restaurants specializing in high-quality, moderately-priced food and alcoholic beverages. The Company operates 46 corporate and 55 franchised restaurants under the Houlihan’s, Devon and J.Gilbert’s brand names. The Company is headquartered in Leawood, Kansas.

  • Jacobson Machine Works
  • Date Acquired: May 1992
    Date Exited: December 1997

    Fund: Marathon Fund I & II

    Jacobson was a manufacturer of industrial size reduction equipment, including shredders, crushers, lump breakers, air swept pulverizers, hammer mills and grinders, which were used in a variety of processing applications.

  • Knutson Mortgage
  • Date Acquired: October 1992
    Date Exited: May 1997

    Fund: Marathon Fund I & II

    Knutson Mortgage Corporation was a full service banker that originated and serviced residential one- to four-family mortgage loans. Knutson also provided sub servicing and master servicing for others and serviced a portfolio of approximately $6 billion exclusive of sub servicing provided by the company for the Resolution Trust Corporation.

  • Lancaster Laboratories
  • Date Acquired: September 2000
    Date Exited: August 2005

    Fund: Marathon Fund IV

    Lancaster Labs performed analytical chemical and microbiological testing to support the development and manufacturing of pharmaceuticals.

  • Mark VII Equipment
  • Date Acquired: January 1996
    Date Exited: February 2006

    Fund: Marathon Fund III

    Mark VII introduced the United States’ first fully-automatic touch-free car wash in the early 1980’s. The company manufactured and sold self-service and automatic “rollover” and tunnel car wash systems to gasoline retailers and independent care wash operators.

  • Michael Foods
  • Date Acquired: April 2001
    Date Exited: November 2003

    Fund: Marathon Fund IV

    Michael Foods was a diversified producer and distributor of specialty egg, potato and dairy products to the foodservice, retail and industrial ingredients markets.

  • Mid-America Entertainment
  • Date Acquired: May 1992
    Date Exited: June 1995

    Fund: Marathon Fund I & II

    Mid-America Entertainment Co. was formed as the exclusive Blockbuster Video franchisee for the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area, as well as numerous counties in Southern Minnesota, Northern Iowa and Des Moines.

  • Mid Valley Industries, LLC
  • Date Acquired: September 2008
    Date Exited: January 2015

    Fund: Marathon Fund V

    Mid Valley Industries manufactured custom precision machined components and subassemblies for equipment used in the surface mining, oil and gas drilling, electrical power generation, and commercial and industrial construction industries. The Company was established in 1966 in Kaukauna, Wisconsin.

  • Petermann Bus Company
  • Date Acquired: December 2004
    Date Exited: September 2008

    Fund: Marathon Fund V

    Petermann was a Cincinnati-based provider of transportation services for school districts and special needs county agencies.

  • Remmele Engineering, Inc.
  • Date Acquired: March 2007
    Date Exited: February 2012

    Fund: Marathon Fund V

    Remmele Engineering is a leader in the design and production of highly engineered, precision-manufactured components and complex automated assembly systems. Founded in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1949 as a two-person tool and die shop, the company has grown to become a leading provider of highly complex and close tolerance parts, tooling and assembly systems for some of the largest companies in the pharmaceutical, medical, aerospace and defense industries.

  • Samuel Lawrence Furniture Company
  • Date Acquired: January 1997
    Date Exited: August 2006

    Fund: Marathon Fund III

    Samuel Lawrence was a leading designer and distributor of furniture for the home.

  • Specialty Commodities, Inc.
  • Date Acquired: October 2008
    Date Exited: November 2014

    Fund: Marathon Fund V

    Specialty Commodities was a global supplier and distributor of specialty food ingredients, providing customers with sourcing, logistics, and market intelligence. Products offered include nuts, dehydrated vegetables, oilseeds, edible grains and seeds, dried fruits, and spices. The Company was headquartered in Fargo, North Dakota.

  • Transport Corporation of America, Inc.
  • Date Acquired: February 2006
    Date Exited: July 2014

    Fund: Marathon Fund V

    Transport America provides a wide range of truckload freight carriage and logistics services to customers in the United States, Mexico and Canada. The company focuses on providing time-definite and other responsive services with the support of its dedicated employees, state-of-the-art technology and information systems. The Company is headquartered in Eagan, Minnesota.

  • Union Metal
  • Date Acquired: August 2000
    Date Exited: July 2011

    Fund: Marathon Fund IV

    Union Metal designed and manufactured steel and aluminum poles for traffic lights, roadway lighting, cellular communications and other commercial applications.

  • Universal Turbine Parts, LLC
  • Date Acquired: December 2012
    Date Exited: July 2016

    Fund: Trailhead Fund Limited Partnership

    Universal Turbine Parts is one the world’s largest dealers of aftermarket turboprop aircraft engines and engine parts. The Company specializes in the PT6 and PW100 engine platforms manufactured by Pratt & Whitney Canada that power more than 14,000 aircraft worldwide. The Company is headquartered in Prattville, Alabama.

  • VICORP Restaurants
  • Date Acquired: May 2001
    Date Exited: June 2003

    Fund: Marathon Fund IV

    VICORP was a leading operator of family-style restaurants under the brand names Village Inn and Bakers Square.

  • Vitality Foodservice
  • Date Acquired: September 2004
    Date Exited: December 2009

    Fund: Marathon Fund IV

    Vitality Foodservice provided non-alcoholic beverages to 18,000 foodservice customers throughout the world. Based in Tampa, Vitality offered a broad selection of high quality beverages through its “total beverage system” which included state-of-the-art dispensing machines, proprietary packaging and a dedicated international sales and service network.

  • Western Reserve Products
  • Date Acquired: August 1997
    Date Exited: January 2000

    Fund: Marathon Fund III

    Western Reserve Products (WRP) was the second largest manufacturer of doorlites, sidelites, and transoms. Serving the building industry since the 1960’s, WRP became a market leader and established strong relationships with a diverse base of OEM’s, distributors, and home centers by delivering its broad product line efficiently and cost-effectively.

  • Westlake Hardware, Inc.
  • Date Acquired: January 2006
    Date Exited: December 2012

    Fund: Marathon Fund V

    Westlake Hardware, based in Lenexa, Kansas, was founded in 1905. It is the largest Ace Hardware dealer in the country and one of the largest retail hardware chains nationwide. The company currently operates over 90 stores in a seven state region of Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico.

  • Wilsons Leather
  • Date Acquired: June 2007
    Date Exited: September 2008

    Fund: Marathon Fund V

    Wilsons Leather was a leading specialty retailer of leather outerwear, accessories and apparel in the United States.

  • Woodcraft Industries
  • Date Acquired: February 1996
    Date Exited: April 2003

    Fund: Marathon Fund III
    Woodcraft was the leading manufacturer of hardwood components, fully-assembled solid wood doors and various laminated and profile-wrapped components for the kitchen cabinet, furniture and millwork industries.