Nov 2015

Audax Private Equity Acquires Justrite Manufacturing Company

Audax Group today announced that it has partnered with management to acquire Justrite Manufacturing Company, a leading manufacturer of industrial safety products for regulated and critical safety environments. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Justrite, headquartered in Des Plaines, Illinois, is a leading, globally recognized industrial safety platform providing unparalleled technical expertise, unmatched service, and differentiated products. The Company offers one of the broadest suites of safety products for regulated and critical safety environments, including safety cabinets, safety cans, environmental and spill containment offerings, and outdoor safety storage buildings and lockers. Justrite’s products help ensure customers’ compliance with regulatory standards, including the storage, transfer, use and disposal of flammable, hazardous, and environmentally harmful materials. For more information, visit

Geoffrey S. Rehnert, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Audax Group, said “Justrite Manufacturing is a recognized leader in the industrial safety products market. We look forward to supporting Mark McElhinny and the entire Justrite team to continue growing the business organically and through acquisitions.”

Mark McElhinny, President & CEO, Justrite Manufacturing, said “We’re excited to partner with Audax as we continue to build the Justrite industrial safety platform. Audax’ resources will help us accelerate our growth as we expand into new geographies, end markets, and product lines.”

Lincoln International advised Justrite Manufacturing and Baird Capital. Kirkland & Ellis served as counsel to Audax Group.