Minimizer announces investment partner

ImageCapital Partners has become a principal investor in Minimizer, the company announced Thursday.

Minimizer says the two are joining forces to fast-track Minimizer’s growth strategy, with the goal to expand product lines and support the rapid growth of the company, including investing in people, equipment and the development of additional capabilities.

“We are very excited about our new relationship with Capital Partners,” says Christopher Thorpe, Minimizer president and CEO. “Over the last six months, we conducted an exhaustive search for the right investor, one who shared our cultural beliefs and plans for growth over the next five years. Capital Partners is an ideal fit to help take Minimizer to the next level.”

Former Minimizer CEO Craig Kruckeberg will remain invested in the company as a member of its management board.

“This is the best of both worlds for me, personally. While I will remain very much involved with Minimizer, this partnership will allow me to pursue other interests, including the Bandit Big Rig Series,” Kruckeberg says. “As a second-generation owner, I wanted a firm that knew our industry and has a history of looking after the people, so I was very happy we could move forward with Capital Partners.”

Capital Partners, based in Connecticut, has a history of investing in heavy-duty truck part companies.

“Unlike most private equity firms, we use a low debt investment approach designed to support rapid growth,” says Managing Partner Mark Allsteadt. “Minimizer is a tremendous fit for us, with a great owner in Craig Kruckeberg and a committed and talented management team, which remains in place as our partner.”

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