Case Study

Hopkins Manufacturing Corporation
Automotive Aftermarket; Consumer & Retail; Logistics
Leading manufacturer of branded automotive aftermarket products.
Emporia, Kansas
Friend Skoler & Co., Inc.
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Hopkins was owned by Friend Skoler & Co., Inc., a New Jersey-based financial sponsor. After seven years, Friend Skoler sought liquidity for the investment. BlackArch Partners was retained to advise on the transaction.

BlackArch's Customized Solution

BlackArch’s marketing materials emphasized the stability of the automotive aftermarket and Hopkins’ powerful combination of leading brands, retail reach and product development. BlackArch professionals’ experience in the auto aftermarket led to an efficient process, with access to all the most likely strategic and financial buyers.


The marketing process generated strong interest from a number of potential strategic and financial partners. In June 2011, Hopkins was sold to ONCAP Management Partners L.P., Onex Corporation’s dedicated middle-market private equity platform. ONCAP will support Hopkins’ future growth, leveraging their previous investment experience in the automotive aftermarket.

“The BlackArch team showed a dedication and tenacity toward completing the transaction; they applied creativity and diligence in ensuring high-quality, interested investors were involved and they showed a unique ability to highlight our vision and the future potential of the company. Their close attention to detail helped to facilitate bringing the process to a successful conclusion.”
Brad Kraft, CEO, Hopkins Manufacturing Corporation