Vance Street Capital partners with Keltec Technolab

US private equity firm Vance Street Capital is partnering with Keltec Technolab Inc's management team to support the US filtration business during the next phase of its growth.

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Headquartered in Twinsburg, Ohio, Keltec provides aftermarket filtration components for compressed air solutions across a range of industries, including general industrial, pharmaceutical, and aerospace. The Keltec product offering is diverse with over 12,000 SKUs, spanning from air/oil separators to air filters, oil filters, coalescing filters and refrigerated air dryers.

Keltec was founded by the Kaiser family over 40 years ago. As part of the transaction, the Kaiser family is retaining a significant ownership position in Keltec and will continue to lead the business going forward.

"I'm thrilled about this partnership as it empowers us to invest in growth, both organically and through M&A, thereby strengthening our market position as an aftermarket filtration parts provider,” said Ed Kaiser, CEO of Keltec. “This opportunity also allows us to maintain a culture dedicated to surpassing the needs and expectations of our customers. Vance Street's track record of focusing on how to grow an organization, investing in the right people, process and product innovation, is a great fit for our organization.”

“Vance Street is always looking to partner with successful entrepreneurs like the Kaisers," said Nic Janneck, partner at Vance Street. "Over the last 40 years, the Kaisers and their team have built a highly differentiated company. With Vance Street's additional support and capital, Keltec will be able to invest in the business, accelerate its new product development and continue to provide its customers best-in-class service.”

“We are excited to partner with the Kaiser family to support Keltec's commitment to offering an extensive suite of high-quality products to its global customer base," said Yousaf Tahir, vice president at Vance Street. "Vance Street's ability to leverage its experience in industrial technology as well as the consumable filtration ecosystem makes Keltec a great fit for us."

“Keltec is a great opportunity for Vance Street to leverage its value-creation playbook," said Mike Janish, managing partner at Vance Street. "We are honored to be partnering with the Kaiser family during the company's exciting next phase."

The acquisition represents Vance Street's seventh platform investment out of Vance Street Capital III LP and leverages the firm's experience in industrial technology as well as in the aftermarket filtration consumables space.