Long Beach, California (PRWEB) June 27, 2013
Chapman Associates announced the completion of a strategic investment in its client, Raymond Express International (“REI”), by H.I.G. Capital, LLC, a leading global private equity firm.
Founded in 1983, REI is an asset-light logistics provider specializing in transportation solutions for temperature-sensitive products. From its facilities in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Seattle, REI primarily services military and commercial customers seeking to transport perishables from the West Coast of the United States to Asia. H.I.G. has partnered with REI’s founder, CEO Raymond Wong, and his co-shareholder and EVP David Moore to continue the Company’s thirty-year track record of providing the most reliable and efficient logistics services to its customer base. Enlightenment Capital, an aerospace, defense & government focused investment firm, invested alongside H.I.G. Capital.
“We are excited to have H.I.G. Capital lead this investment in REI,” said Raymond Wong. “H.I.G. recognizes the critical role we play for our customers and is committed to expanding our capabilities to even better serve our markets.” Dave Moore added, “We see a number of factors driving greater demand for our services in the years ahead and this investment will help us grow to meet that demand with our same exceptional customer service levels. Michael Schwerdtfeger and the team at Chapman Associates were crucial in leading us through this transaction, and helped us reach REI's goals and our personal goals."
“The transportation sector is seeing exceptional transactional opportunities, and companies like REI with a strong management team, good economic results, and a clear value proposition will continue to attract excellent business partners,” commented Michael Schwerdtfeger, Chapman Associates' West Coast based Managing Director. “Both financial partners like H.I.G. and strategic investors are interested in opportunities to invest in or acquire successful companies in the transportation sector.”
Chapman Associates (http://www.chapman-usa.com) is one of the most respected middle market mergers and acquisitions firms in the country. Buyers and sellers have trusted Chapman Associates® since 1954. During that time, Chapman has successfully sold over 2,300 companies worth billions of dollars.