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Capstone Headwaters Advises S&S Supplies and Solutions on its Acquisition by Total Safety U.S., Inc.

October 2019

ORANGE COUNTY, CA – Capstone Headwaters, a leading international investment banking firm, announced today that it advised S&S Supplies and Solutions (“S&S” or “Company”) on its acquisition by Total Safety U.S., Inc. (“Total Safety”), a portfolio company of Littlejohn & Co., LLC.  Terms of the deal were not disclosed. 

Founded in 1983, S&S is a leading supplier of safety products, industrial supplies and related compliance services to the power utility, automotive, airline and energy end markets.  The Company serves its clients through a network of distribution centers strategically located in key industrial markets throughout the United States.  Total Safety will utilize S&S to expand its distribution offerings, providing customers with safe, reliable industrial products and safety supplies through best in class distribution solutions.  Total Safety will reorganize around two separate business units: Industrial Safety Services and Specialty Distribution.  S&S will be part of Specialty Distribution and operate under the S&S brand.

“Total Safety is the right strategic partner for S&S having similar values and objectives in serving our customers,” said Tracy Tomkovicz, CEO of S&S.  “We are particularly excited about sharing our respective and complementary capabilities to better serve our customers and to help Total Safety expand into the power utility market,” added Steve Tomkovicz, President of S&S.  Both Tracy and Steve will remain in their leadership roles and will focus on implementing Total Safety’s distribution strategy.

“The acquisition of S&S adds national product distribution capabilities to the robust service offerings of Total Safety,” commented Tyler Comann, Managing Director at Capstone Headwaters.  “In turn, S&S will have immediate access to new markets, deep financial resources and a worldwide customer base.”

“The combination of S&S and Total Safety reflects two trends we expect will accelerate in the future- the coupling of products and services and the further convergence of the safety and MRO spaces,” suggests David Bench, Managing Director of Capstone Headwaters’ EHS and MRO industry groups.

Founded in 1994 and based in Houston, Texas, Total Safety is a leading global provider of integrated safety and compliance solutions for clients operating in hazardous environments.  The company’s customer base spans across sectors including petrochemical and refining, utilities, oil & gas, and other industrial sectors.

Littlejohn & Co. is a Greenwich, Connecticut-based investment firm focused on private equity and debt investments primarily in middle-market companies.  With approximately $10.9 billion in regulatory assets under management, the firm seeks to build sustainable success for its portfolio companies through a disciplined approach to engineering change.  For more information about Littlejohn, visit www.littlejohnllc.com