NEW YORK—March 7, 2012—BarrierSafe Solutions International, Inc., a preeminent player in the U.S. disposable protective glove segment of the personal protective equipment industry, announced today that it has acquired High Five Products, Inc., a leading innovator and provider of disposable gloves and non-woven apparel, from David Gust, who founded the company in 1996. BarrierSafe is a portfolio company of Odyssey Investment Partners, LLC. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
“We are exceptionally pleased to have Brian Haggie join our leadership team. Brian has done an outstanding job leading the High Five business, and has demonstrated his long term commitment to the organization by making a significant equity investment in BarrierSafe”
Mike Mattos, CEO of BarrierSafe, said: “High Five is an outstanding addition to our business, strengthening our leadership position, giving us a wider range of products to sell, and increasing our customer base. The company’s high-quality portfolio of disposable glove products and non-woven apparel provides outstanding value to its customers, and its market penetration in the safety and healthcare segments will enhance our leadership position in these markets.
“We are exceptionally pleased to have Brian Haggie join our leadership team. Brian has done an outstanding job leading the High Five business, and has demonstrated his long term commitment to the organization by making a significant equity investment in BarrierSafe,” Mr. Mattos added.
Mr. Gust said: “I am excited to have found the right partner to continue to invest in High Five and further strengthen our competitive advantage in the market place. My loyal employees have been instrumental in helping High Five grow significantly since I founded the company in 1996. Together with BarrierSafe’s resources, High Five will be able to do even more for our customers in the future. Our union with BarrierSafe enhances the company’s brand name recognition and creates the most diversified disposable glove offering in the industry.”
Mr. Gust will remain an advisor to the company and Brian Haggie will continue in his capacity as Vice President of Sales for High Five. The business will continue to operate out of its Chicago office, and its warehouses in Romeoville, Illinois and Sparks, Nevada.
Sun Mergers & Acquisitions, LLC initiated the transaction and served as financial advisor to High Five Products. For further information about Sun, visit www.sunmerger.com.
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Based in Lake Forest, Illinois, BarrierSafe designs, develops and markets a comprehensive suite of disposable gloves and other related products that serve the needs of users across a diverse range of growing, niche markets that enjoy favorable regulatory and secular tailwinds. Formed in 2004 through the merger of two industry leaders, Microflex and FoodHandler, BarrierSafe today provides in excess of six billion single-use gloves annually and commands leading market positions in its primary end markets.
About Odyssey Investment Partners
Odyssey Investment Partners, LLC, with offices in New York and Los Angeles, is a leading middle-market private equity firm with approximately $2 billion under management. Odyssey Investment Partners primarily makes control investments typically in established middle-market companies in a variety of industries. For further information about Odyssey Investment Partners, please visit www.odysseyinvestment.com. The firm can be reached in New York at 280 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10017 or (212) 351-7900; and in California at 21650 Oxnard Street, Woodland Hills, CA 91367 or (818) 737-1111.