Empire Auto Acquisition Collision Spare Parts Distributor in Private

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NEW YORK – Sentinel Capital Partners, a private equity firm that invests in promising mid-size companies, announced on November 18 its acquisition of Empire Auto Parts, a specialist distributor of collision spare parts. Terms of the contract are not disclosed.

Based in Totowa, New Jersey, Empire operates five distribution centers and 22 satellite delivery sites in 16 contiguous eastern states. With a wide assortment of premium products and a fleet of vehicles offering same or next day delivery, Empire offers unmatched service to its collision center partners. Empire’s product offering spans over 40,000 parts, including bumper covers, lamps, hoods, fenders, trunk lids, grilles, hubcaps, exterior mirrors and more. products.

“Since its founding in 1985, Empire has built a reputation for providing top-notch service through a hub-and-spoke model that now stretches along the east coast,” said Owen Basham, director of Sentinel. “The Empire team has established a growth plan based on a better shopping experience coupled with a wide availability of parts. We look forward to working with the talented Empire team as they enter their next chapter of growth.

“We are delighted to partner with Sentinel as Empire continues to expand into the large and growing collision parts market,” said Christopher Siebert, CEO of Empire. “We were looking for four specific criteria when it came to selecting our next partner: support for our strategic vision, an aggressive growth orientation, a strong cultural fit with our team, as well as the knowledge and expertise of the industry. Sentinel checked all four boxes. “

Sentinel has significant industry expertise in the vehicle aftermarket. Investments include Cottman Transmission (transmission repair centers), Holley Performance Products (automotive performance parts for enthusiasts), Nivel Parts (aftermarket golf car parts and accessories) and Vintage Parts (slow and idle OEM parts).

Sentinel specializes in the purchase and creation of mid-size businesses in the United States and Canada in partnership with management. Sentinel targets aerospace and defense, business services, consumer, distribution, food and catering, franchising, healthcare and industrial companies. Sentinel invests in management buybacks, recapitalizations, business divestitures, going-private transactions and equity-structured investments of established companies with EBITDA of up to $ 80 million.

Empire offers more than 40,000 certified and uncertified parts to auto repair customers across the East Coast from 27 strategically located centers and satellite support sites. Empire is a member of the Certified Automotive Parts Association (CAPA) and the Automotive Body Parts Association (ABPA).


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