Case Study

Tri-Ed Distribution
Distribution & Supply Chain Management; Applied Technology & Digital Media; Business & Professional Services
North America’s largest independent security product distributor, serving all four major segments of the security market including video, access control, intrusion detection and fire/life safety
Woodbury, New York
Audax Group
Transaction Type:
Sellside Advisory


Audax Group retained BlackArch Partners to assist in realizing a return on their investment in Tri-Northern Holdings, Inc. (“Tri-Ed” or the “Company”) and to find a buyer that would partner with the management team to continue the Company’s impressive growth.

BlackArch's Customized Solution

BlackArch orchestrated a targeted roadshow process with the most likely strategic and financial buyers in order to ensure the market grasped the differentiated capabilities and business model that Tri-Ed represented. BlackArch positioned the Company as a “system solution distributor” in a fast-growing market where its value-added services were enabling rapid share gains.


Tri-Ed was sold to Anixter International, Inc., a leading global distributor of enterprise cabling and security solutions, for an announced transaction value of approximately $420 million.

“This was our third transaction at Tri-Ed, and BlackArch’s execution was exceptional in every way – in their articulation of what differentiates Tri-Ed as a company, in the way they approached buyers and the audience they generated for us, and in their relentless desire to help my team land with an exciting new partner.”
Pat Communale, Chief Executive Officer, Tri-Ed