Private-equity firms Leonard Green & Partners, L.P. (LGP) and Oak Hill Capital, owners of Charter NEX, have completed a definitive agreement with Dave Frecka, CEO, founder and owner of Next Generation Films, Inc. to combine the companies. Dave Frecka will be a major shareholder in the combined company and will continue as CEO of Next Generation Films. Kathy Bolhous will continue as the CEO of Charter NEX Films. The deal is expected to close by June.
Charter NEX and Next Generation Films both have strong brands and state-of-the-art assets. But they also have complementary products and focus on different market segments. The combination is expected to provide both companies and their customers with significant benefits including access to new markets, enhanced technical expertise, and an expanded manufacturing footprint. The combined company will have 11 manufacturing plants and more than 100 extrusion lines in Ohio, Wisconsin, South Carolina and Massachusetts.
Charter NEX and Next Generation Films plan to maintain their existing management teams and brand identities, operating as two distinct but synchronized divisions of the combined company.
“By joining these two market leaders together, we will be able to offer customers a broader scope of capabilities and product solutions, while leveraging our combined scale to offer the most technically-engineered specialty films,” adds Frecka.
About Charter NEX Films, Inc.
Charter NEX is North America’s leading independent producer of high-performance specialty films used in flexible packaging and other end-use markets. Known for innovative products and world-class manufacturing capabilities, the company’s quality and expertise are unsurpassed. Its exclusive focus on film and relentless pursuit of excellence make it the ideal partner for any film need – from monolayer to multilayer, blown to cast, and breathable to barrier.
More info: http://charternex.com/
About Next Generation Films, Inc.
Founded in 1994, NEXT supplies specialty films to a variety of markets, including the food packaging, automobile, courier, manufactured housing and protective packaging segments. By investing in the most advanced, high-end technologies and continually expanding its manufacturing capabilities, it has become one of America’s largest custom blown film companies, producing cutting-edge film structures that set new standards for quality across the country and around the world.
More info: https://www.nextgenfilms.com/