Archive for the ‘Strategy’ Category

Steven Karol on the Importance of Safety

“If we’ve developed an industry-leading safety program, then that company is most likely better at manufacturing than their competition,” Steven Karol, Managing Partner and Founder, The Watermill Group We sat down with Watermill Founder and Managing Partner, Steven Karol, to discuss the safety program at Tenere – a Watermill company that last month expanded internationally…

June 28, 2016 | , , , , , , ,

The Watermill Group Named Private Equity Firm of the Year by The M&A Advisor

On November 17, The Watermill Group was named Private Equity Firm of the Year by The M&A Advisor, the premier global network of M&A, turnaround and finance professionals. The M&A Advisor Awards are widely respected as a pinnacle of achievement in the M&A industry. The Watermill Group was recognized along with its fellow deal making,…

November 23, 2015

Watermill’s Global Tubes Acquired by AMETEK, Inc.

Global Tubes is comprised of two businesses – Superior Tube Company, Inc. (Collegeville, PA) and Fine Tubes Ltd. (Plymouth, UK) – and was created in 2012 after they were acquired by The Watermill Group Sale price of $200 million represents significant return for The Watermill Group and its investors EBITDA more than doubled as a…

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Thoughts on the Future

Being on the verge of graduating college sets you up for a nasty bout of the “shoulds” — a cascade of career advice from everyone you know. This is all good and well, however, the shocking eminence of important career decisions begs the question: how are college grads to evaluate themselves and their career opportunities?…

July 25, 2014 | , ,

Made in the USA

Since its founding more than 35 years ago, Boston-based The Watermill Group has kept an eye on manufacturing companies. Of course, given the ebbs and flows of the market, investing in American manufacturing companies hasn’t always been an easy or even a good strategy. In fact, most companies have been outsourcing their manufacturing needs for the last 20 years…

February 7, 2014

Manistique Makeover

Joining FutureMark Paper Group is helping Manistique create a brand not a commodity Like long lost siblings reunited after many years of separation, the Alsip, IL, and Manistique, MI, paper mills are now back under the same umbrella – this time that of the FutureMark Paper Group. After suffering through numerous ownership changes, including a…

September 16, 2013

Watermill’s Steven Karol on Transforming a Firm

September 8, 2013 – Privcap sits down with Watermill’s Steven Karol to discuss transforming industrial processes by setting new goal parameters to increase a company’s profitability. Watermill acquired rubber manufacturing company Preferred Compounding in 2002, when the company was at a challenging crossroads. Steve Karol of Watermill discusses how the transformation of industrial processes can allow a…

September 11, 2013 | , ,

Total Alignment: The Fundless Approach Advantage

The Watermill Group does not invest in the fund format, and founder Steven E. Karol details why this model has worked for firm for over 30 years. He also discusses Watermill’s emphasis on strategy and operations over financial engineering. Watch the Video

September 2, 2013

FutureMark Paper Group Pioneers Innovative Way to Protect Against Volatility in Globalized Waste Paper Markets

WESTPORT, Conn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–June 25, 2013 FutureMark(R) Paper Group, North America’s leading provider of responsibly made recycled paper, revealed it is now securing approximately 50% of the recovered paper needed to run its business through long-term purchase agreements. The agreements, collectively worth more than $20 million per year, help FutureMark manage its costs for buying waste…

June 26, 2013