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A.W. Leil Cranes, a company whose equipment is visible to those driving by exit 26 on the Trans Canada 104, has been sold to SeaFort Capital.
SeaFort Capital Inc. (“SeaFort”) announced today that portfolio company A.W. Leil Holdings Limited (“A.W. Leil”) has acquired the business and operating assets of Partners Cranes.
Based in Pictou, with additional offices in Dartmouth and North Sydney, Partners is an established Atlantic Canadian crane rental and lift services business. The acquired assets include 23 cranes and additional support and transportation equipment.
“The Partners acquisition significantly expands our fleet and adds further depth to our team of highly trained and dedicated managers, operators and support personnel," said Larry MacDonald, general manager of A.W. Leil in a press release. "A.W. Leil is committed to providing the best possible service to customers, and this transaction enhances our ability to deliver. ”
Moodie Mansour, former owner of Partners Cranes, stated “Partners has been in the crane service business since 1989. During this time I have had the opportunity to build an excellent team and a wonderful roster of customers. I am confident that A.W. Leil will draw on the best practices of both businesses to provide a strong service offering throughout the region. I wish them all the luck in the world.”
Rob Normandeau, President of SeaFort Capital, commended Larry MacDonald, Robert Fraser and the Seafort management group for completing the transaction.
“We are pleased to make a further investment in A.W. Leil in support of a strategic acquisition that we believe sets the stage for additional measured expansion," he said. "It was an honor to deal with Mr. Mansour and it is exciting to be able to welcome the Partners employees to the A.W. Leil team.”commented
Halifax-based SeaFort Capital makes controlling investments in small and medium sized Canadian businesses and partners with experienced managers to build value. SeaFort is a private company governed by the following directors: Scott Brison, Scott McCain, Michael Milligan, Rob Normandeau, Donald Sobey and Rob Sobey. SeaFort targets Canadian companies with earnings of between $2 million and $10 million that have a strong tangible asset base and operate in an “old economy” industry, such as manufacturing, distribution or equipment services.