Skip Navigation

Odyssey Investment Partners to Sell Barriersafe Solutions International to Ansell

New York, NY, November 26, 2013 - Odyssey Investment Partners, LLC today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to sell its portfolio company BarrierSafe Solutions International, a leading provider of branded disposable gloves and injection molded protective footwear, to Ansell Limited, a world leader in providing superior health and safety protection solutions.

Based in Lake Forest, Illinois, BarrierSafe is a preeminent designer, developer and marketer of a comprehensive suite of branded disposable gloves, injection molded protective footwear and other related products in the large and growing personal protective equipment ("PPE") industry. Through its two flagship brands, Microflex and Onguard, the Company sells consumable protective products designed to meet the specific needs of end users in a diverse range of attractive end markets. Odyssey acquired BarrierSafe in 2011 and completed two strategic add-on acquisitions during its ownership.

Randy Paulson, a Managing Principal of Odyssey, said, "We are proud of BarrierSafe's accomplishments under our ownership. As a result of BarrierSafe's strong market position and significant business momentum, the Company has attracted the interest of one of the world's leading PPE manufacturers and we believe it has a great future as part of Ansell. Mike Mattos, Joe Kubicek and their management team have done a great job, and we wish them and everyone at BarrierSafe success in the future."

BarrierSafe's senior management team led by CEO Michael Mattos and COO/CFO Joseph Kubicek will remain with the Company under Ansell's ownership.

Mr. Mattos said, "Our management team thanks Odyssey for their contributions to BarrierSafe over the last few years. As a result of our partnership, BarrierSafe strengthened its position in the PPE industry through strong organic growth and strategic acquisitions. We are grateful for Odyssey's support and excited about the significant opportunities ahead of us as part of Ansell."

Completion of the transaction is subject to regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions.


Kekst and Company
Mark Semer or Donald C. Cutler
212-521-4800 or 415-852-3903

About BarrierSafe Solutions International

Based in Lake Forest, Illinois, BarrierSafe ( designs, develops and markets a comprehensive suite of branded disposable gloves, injection molded protective footwear and other related products in the large and growing PPE industry.

About Odyssey Investment Partners, LLC

Odyssey Investment Partners, LLC, with offices in New York and Los Angeles, is a leading middle-market private equity firm with approximately $3.0 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 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.