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English Color announces new growth partnership

Monday, July 10, 2017 - 06:00
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English Color and Supply, LLC, a value-added distributor of automotive paint, equipment and supplies to the collision repair industry, today announced a growth capital investment from WestView Capital Partners, a Boston-based private equity firm.

English Color, based in Richardson TX, operates 52 stores in the Southern United States, providing a comprehensive array of products and services that address the critical needs of its collision repair shop and dealership customers. The organization maintains longstanding relationships with world renowned suppliers and OEMs, providing  customers with over 10,000 SKUs ranging in consumables from paints, coatings and related supplies. English Color also offers industry leading, best-in-class equipment including paint and body tools, welding apparatus and Blowtherm spray  booths systems.

“At English Color we are dedicated to providing our customers with the highest quality brands, service and support they need on a daily basis. Our customers rely on us for far more than just paint,” explains  Jim English, Chairman of English Color. “WestView shares the same commitment and vision for the future growth of our company and their deep expertise in partnering with distribution companies like English Color will help us capitalize on the market opportunities we see ahead of us.” Robert Burns, CEO of English Color added “A key reason we chose to partner with WestView is their experience and track record of supporting existing management teams to execute on their long-term growth strategy.”

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“We at WestView are excited about our partnership with the English Color team. The management team fits with the core of WestView’s strategy – investing behind entrepreneurs and business owners who ‘have it in the blood’ and have grown up in the industry. Together, we look forward to growing the business both organically and through acquisition,” said Jeff Clark, Vice President at WestView.  “English Color is best of breed in the paint supply industry. Their reputation for quality and service is unmatched. The team has been intact for decades and with WestView’s newly invested capital, the company will be able to take advantage of exciting growth opportunities,” added Mr. Clark.

About English Color:

English Color, a super regional distributor through its network of 52 stores in the Southern United States, offers a comprehensive set of products and services that address the critical needs of collision repair shops and auto dealerships. Founded in 1946, English Color is based in Richardson, Texas. Additional information about English Color can be found by visiting www.englishcolor.com.

About WestView Capital Partners:

WestView Capital Partners, a Boston-based private equity firm focused exclusively on middle market growth companies, manages approximately $1 billion in capital across three funds. WestView partners with existing management teams to sponsor minority and majority recapitalizations, growth, and consolidation transactions in industries such as growth industrial, healthcare technology and outsourcing, business services, software and IT services, and consumer. For more information about WestView Capital Partners, please visit www.wvcapital.com.

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