Brawler Industries Invests $10 Million in Houston Manufacturing Facility Expansion

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New Equipment Greatly Increases Brawler’s Production Capabilities And Expands Their Material Offerings To Meet The Higher Compliance Standards Required For Industrial Containment And Fluid Management Applications.

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Brawler expansion will significantly increase their material production capabilities.

We want to build on our longstanding position in energy by providing superior quality, service and choices to the customers in the agricultural, environmental and constructions markets.

Brawler Industries, a long-time industry leader in the development and manufacture of specialty-engineered liners for containment and fluid management applications, is investing over $10 million to expand its Houston manufacturing facility.

This new expansion will significantly enhance Brawler’s production capabilities and increase its capacity to formulate proprietary developed scrim reinforced and linear low- and high-density liners that meet or exceed GRI-GM13 and GRI-GM17 standards. When completed in late 2015, the facility will include new multi-layer blow film geo-membrane and high speed laminating lines to complement its existing polyethylene extrusion capacity. The expansion will be completed in stages and fully operational by late 2015.

Brawler Industries, a portfolio company of Tailwind Capital, has been producing customized quick-turn flexible reserve pit and frac liners used for horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing for nearly 30 years. The U.S.-based company was one of the first to manufactures and convert reinforced and unreinforced polyethylene sheeting in a wide variety of thickness and dimensions providing superior longevity, flexibility, durability and chemical resistance.

While maintaining its solid footing in the energy sector, the new facility will also allow Brawler to target flexible liner applications in many other industries.

“Brawler has decades of experience providing value-engineered liners on short lead times to the oil and gas industry,” says Kent Metzger, Vice President of Sales for Brawler Industries. “We want to build on our longstanding position in energy by providing superior quality, service and choices to the customers in the agricultural, environmental and constructions markets.”

In other Brawler news, CEO Rick Gasser has announced he will be transitioning to a new role on Brawler’s Board of Directors. The company has appointed John Keating, former President of In-Line Plastics, to replace Gasser as CEO.

Brawler Industries has been designing, fabricating, and delivering superior containment membranes for a wide variety of industries since 1978. In addition to its Houston location, Brawler also has manufacturing facilities in Midland and Pleasanton, Texas, and in Miles City, Montana.

About Tailwind Capital:
Tailwind Capital is a leading private equity firm focused on making growth-oriented investments in the middle market in the healthcare, business and communications services sectors in North America. Tailwind Capital partners with experienced management teams and entrepreneurs to transform businesses through organic growth initiatives, acquisitions, and operational and strategic improvements. Since its founding in 2003, Tailwind and its portfolio companies have made more than 65 acquisitions. The firm currently manages over $2 billion of committed equity capital.

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