The Watermill Group Acquires Cooper & Turner in Significant Cross-Border Deal

Watermill will apply its strategy-driven approach to support Cooper & Turner’s continued growth in the global wind energy, railway, tunnelling, oil & gas, and structural sectors, as well as across new markets and geographies – endeavoring to create the world’s first, truly global mission-critical-fastener supplier. Cooper & Turner senior management, including Group CEO Tony Brown…

August 16, 2017

Julia Karol and Sarah Bowen Announced As Winners of the 8th Annual Emerging Leaders Awards

The M&A Advisor, renowned globally for its recognition of leading M&A, financing and turnaround professionals, created the Emerging Leader Awards to promote mentorship and professional development amongst the emerging business leaders. Watermill Group is pleased to share that Julia Karol and Sarah Bowen were both chosen for their accomplishments and expertise from a pool of…

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Steven Karol of Watermill Group holds a copy of the Mergers & Acquisitions magazine he is featured in

Steven Karol Featured in Mergers & Acquisitions Manufacturing Article

We’re delighted to share that Steven Karol, Managing Partner & Founder of Watermill Group, has been featured in the May 2017 Mergers & Acquisitions cover story on precision manufacturing. As Steven says in the piece, “We are bullish on manufacturing in North America. Advanced manufacturing is creating a lot of new opportunities in many different sectors for many…

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The Shifting Spotlight on Independent Sponsors

We hoped this day would come. The day when the broader market would wake to see the benefits and proven success of a deal-by-deal approach to private equity. At Watermill, our heritage as a nearly 40 year investor in private companies always pointed us toward a focus on improving company performance, as opposed to financial…

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Watermill Announces Three Executive Promotions; Positions Company for Future Growth

Lexington, MA – August 9, 2016 – The Watermill Group, a strategy-driven private investment firm, set the stage for the next phase of the company’s growth by promoting three team members to executive leadership roles. Effective immediately, Watermill Principal Julia Karol has been appointed Watermill President and COO and Principal Michael Fuller is now CFO….

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The Watermill Group Acquires EMI; Completes Second Key Investment in the Automotive Industry

The Watermill Group acquires Experi-Metal, Inc. (EMI), a leading provider of prototyping and complex metalformed parts and assemblies for the automotive, aerospace and other industries. The acquisition of EMI will complement Watermill’s current portfolio company, Quality Metalcraft (QMC), a leading producer of engineered structural metal components and assemblies. The acquisition marks Watermill’s second major transaction…

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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…

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Tenere Expands Sheet Metal Fabrication to Mexico

Dresser, Wis. – May 27, 2016 – Tenere Inc. (Tenere), a full service provider of complex metal and plastic components and assemblies, announced the expansion of its sheet metal capabilities with the addition of a facility in Monterrey, Mexico.  The new Tenere Monterrey sheet metal operation is the company’s first wholly owned international site. “Tenere’s international…

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