DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)--U.S. Fence Solutions Company, LLC (“U.S. Fence”), a portfolio company of building industry focused investment firm Building Industry Partners LLC (“BIP”), has acquired the assets of Western Access Controls (“WAC” or the “Company”) from their owners, Alain Brûlé and Jill Parsons. Western Access Controls is a leading designer and installer of automated gate and access control systems, serving residential and commercial customers throughout the Rocky Mountain region. The Company also partners with leading fence installation businesses to provide a comprehensive suite of automated fence, gate, and security solutions.
Over the past decade, Alain and Jill have grown Western Access Controls to become a thought leader in the U.S. fencing industry in the design, installation and servicing of automated gate and access control systems. Western Access Controls will continue to operate under the guidance and leadership of Alain and Jill, and will continue to work closely with its partner installers.
Mr. Brûlé commented, “We felt that we needed a partner to help us expand our business and serve our growing customer requests. U.S. Fence Solutions brings resources to Western Access Controls, which will help us staff for additional installation capacity and material sourcing support to meet our customer requirements.”
Andrew Reed, CEO of U.S. Fence Solutions, added, “With Al’s distinguished reputation as a master trainer in access controls across the industry through its AFA sponsored training curriculum, we are excited to bring that technical thought leadership into our organization and we are excited to help Al and Jill accelerate their business to the next level.”
Western Access Controls joins the U.S. Fence family of businesses as its fifth overall investment and further expands U.S. Fence’s comprehensive product and service offerings in the greater Denver market. U.S. Fence also owns Split Rail Fence, the leading fencing supply and installation business in the Front Range of Colorado; Ideal Fencing, the largest highway and bridge guardrail fabricator and installer in Colorado; and Binford Supply, one of the largest independent fencing distributors in the U.S., with nine locations serving residential and commercial fencing contractors throughout Texas, Oklahoma, and Colorado.
U.S. Fence was formed by BIP in early 2016 with the vision of building a best-in-class national fencing distribution and installation platform. U.S. Fence now includes four operating companies across 14 locations throughout Colorado, Texas, and Oklahoma, with over $130 million in total annual sales.
Background of Building Industry Partners
Building Industry Partners (“BIP”) is the leading growth equity investment firm focused on the U.S. middle-market building products industry. Founded in 2008, BIP has offices in New York, Boston, and Dallas and is managed by Matt Ogden, Zach Coopersmith, and John Hughes. BIP invests its principals’ own capital, as well as that of a small number of like-minded family office and individual limited partners, including a number of leading active and retired building industry executives. BIP maintains a large proprietary network of building industry operators, thought leaders and service providers that support its industry-focused proprietary opportunity sourcing, due diligence, portfolio company management and value creation efforts.
BIP invests via an “Operator First” model, serving as an equity capital partner to support proven building products industry leaders in building niche-leading businesses. To this end, BIP provides equity capital to: (1) owner-operators of niche-focused building products manufacturers, distributors and specialty service companies seeking capital for growth, liquidity and/or partial ownership transition and (2) proven building industry operators and entrepreneurs seeking to build a business within their niche of expertise, primarily via acquisition of a platform company and execution of organic and/or “buy & build” growth strategies. The Firm focuses primarily on majority or minority ownership investments involving platform companies with $20 to $250 million in revenues as well as smaller companies with unique growth opportunities or as part of larger “buy & build” acquisition strategies.
BIP principals have co-founded and/or served as the equity capital sponsor for a number of the building products industry’s leading middle-market companies and operators, including:
- U.S. LBM Holdings, now the 3rd largest LBM pro dealer organization in the U.S., in partnership with L.T. Gibson, BlackEagle Partners and team
- Kodiak Building Partners, in partnership with Paul Hylbert, Steve Swinney and team
- Rugby Architectural Building Products, in partnership with David Hughes, Drew Dickinson and team
- United Cabinet Holdings, in partnership with Butch Reimer and team
- Homewood Holdings, in partnership with Jim Stockman, Scott Blackburn, Keith Elledge, Ron McFarland, and team
- U.S. Fence Solutions Company, in partnership with Andrew Reed, Steve Stanley, Jeff Cook, Jim Bockelmann, Scott Crabtree, Alain Brûlé and team
BIP continues to seek opportunities to sponsor and support the building industry’s most talented business leaders in realizing their entrepreneurial visions.