Flow: $7.1M High Margin, Branded Fluid Control Products Co.
FLOW, a 61% gross margin branded OEM fluid control products company, serves a national and international customer base of end users, distributors and integrators who provide fluid solutions in pharmaceutical, biotech, food & beverage, water/wastewater, mining, electronics, data center, HVAC and other end markets.
FLOW has two distinct operations: A lite manufacturing division which cuts, welds and fabricates thermoplastic, corrosion-resistant pipes and fittings for environmentally safe installations by others. It also supports a large network of fluid product distributors who sell their private-labelled thermoplastic pipe & fittings, valves, actuation, and controls’ products to flow control product and chemical feed integrators or end users.
The Company brings deep experience and expertise to fluid engineers and end-users seeking to find quality fluid product solutions to their complex fluid processing applications that typically carry caustic fluids.
The mid-60’s majority owner expects to support the transition for 1-2 years. Two younger owners with minority stakes expect to stay and support future growth.
All three owners bring strong sales, relationship management and technical know how to the business.
The ideal buyer brings diverse experience in fluid control product sales, manufacturing, and engineering. A strategic buyer with a solid operations and admin organization will benefit from adding FLOW’s niche fluid control products portfolio and robust sales DNA to its portfolio. We believe you’ll find a great opportunity to grow with the existing customers.
The Company rents a 20,000 sq. ft. facility that includes offices, warehouse, and a fabrication shop.
Market Outlook / Competition
The fluid control market remains strong, increasing every year as growth drives demand for more fluid processing in a variety of end markets. FLOW’s end market growth and demand for FLOW’s niche products combine to make this Company a strong player in the market.
FLOW’s management team also sees strong opportunity in expanding their presence to agriculture applications, especially where chemicals and fertilizers are carried. The US government’s initiative to grow microchip production domestically is also a strong tailwind for future growth and applications and the Company’s products are getting spec’d into such applications.