Birch Hill’s investment helped Bluewave make a total of 16 acquisitions over three years that more than tripled the size of the company without the need for any additional equity investment. Between 2006 and 2009, Bluewave grew from 11 to 48 branches and doubled its employees to more than 400, while revenue increased from $99M to $670M and profit from $4M to $38M.
With Westcap’s investment, the company continued on product development and future growth and increased its employee count.
By 2015, Finucan decided it was time to recapitalize the company he bootstrapped and grew organically from the ground up. He now needed a partner to help him, and the company, take on more risk.
Fulcrum didn’t just come with the funds, Castelli says, but the experience and strategic insight to help Weatherhaven cope with volatility in the business a few years ago, driven largely by the drop in commodity prices, including oil and gas and some metals.
It was an interest and expertise in mechanical services that led Peter Harteveld to co-found CustomAir in his Metro Vancouver area basement nearly 30 years ago. Harteveld started the company in 1991 with another mechanical services technician, Peter Whiten, with a goal to provide not just refrigeration but also heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) and
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