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Urban Skin Rx Appoints Two New Members to its Board of Directors

September 2020

Urban Skin Rx® is pleased to announce the appointments of Deisha Barnett and Melissa Butler to its Board of Directors. Ms. Barnett is the Chief Brand & Communications Officer and Head of Diversity & Inclusion at the Metro Atlanta Chamber. Ms. Butler is the Founder and CEO of The Lip Bar LLC and a pioneering entrepreneur dedicated to beauty industry diversity, vegan beauty products, and disruption of beauty industry norms. 

Friend Skoler Announces Sale of Iconic Group

May 2018

Raymond James Capital, Inc., the merchant banking subsidiary of Raymond James Financial, Inc., and Friend Skoler & Co., LLC, a private equity firm that invests in leading companies in the smaller end of the middle market, announced today the sale of Iconic Group and its related entities (the “Company”) to Fenway Partners and affiliated investors. 

Spectrum Brands Holdings Announces Definitive Agreement to Acquire PetMatrix, Leading and Fast Growing Rawhide-Free Dog Chews Company

April 2017

Spectrum Brands Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: SPB), a global consumer product company offering an expanding portfolio of leading brands providing superior value to consumers and customers every day, announced today it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire privately owned PetMatrix, LLC, a leading and rapidly growing manufacturer and marketer of rawhide-free dog chews.  

Friend Skoler Announces Investment in Hex Performance LLC

April 2017

Friend Skoler & Co., LLC, a private equity firm that invests in leading companies in the smaller end of the middle market, has completed a growth capital investment in Hex Performance LLC.

Friend Skoler Announces Investment in Banza LLC

March 2017

Friend Skoler & Co. has completed a growth capital investment in Banza LLC.  Banza manufactures and markets legume-based foods under the Banza® brand. 

Friend Skoler Announces Follow-on Investment in Salon Lofts Group

January 2017

Friend Skoler & Co., LLC has completed a follow-on growth capital investment in Salon Lofts Group.

Petmatrix Wins Walmart Supplier of the Year Award

February 2016

Petmatrix announced today that it was presented with Walmart's Supply Chain Supplier of the Year Award.

Friend Skoler Announces Sale of Ballet Jewels

September 2014

Friend Skoler & Co. announced today the sale of Ballet Jewels to an affiliate of Capelli New York.

Event Photography Group Completes Key Acquisitions in 2012

January 2013

Friend Skoler & Co., Inc. announced today that its portfolio company, Event Photography Group, Inc. ("EPG"), closed five key acquisitions in 2012, establishing in the process two new business segments.

Friend Skoler Announces Investment in Petmatrix LLC

August 2012

Friend Skoler & Co., Inc. announced today that it has completed a minority investment in Petmatrix LLC. Petmatrix manufactures and markets patented non-rawhide pet chews under the Dreambone® and Smartbones® brand names.  

Friend Skoler Announces Investment in Salon Lofts Group

March 2012

Friend Skoler & Co., Inc. announced today that it has completed an investment in Salon Lofts Group.  Salon Lofts develops and leases individual salon suites with upscale finishes and appeal to individual stylists who in turn operate their own businesses.  

Friend Skoler & Co. Announces Sale of Hopkins to ONCAP

June 2011

Friend Skoler & Co. announced today the sale of Hopkins Manufacturing Corp. to ONCAP Management Partners L.P., Onex Corporation's dedicated mid-market private equity platform.

Friend Skoler & Co. Announces Sale of Slime to ITW

April 2010

Friend Skoler & Co. announced today the sale of Accessories Marketing, Inc. d/b/a Slime to Illinois Tool Works Inc. ("ITW", NYSE: ITW).

Friend Skoler & Co. Announces Acquisition of Jasco by AllHeart

September 2007

Friend Skoler & Co. today announced the acquisition of Jasco Uniform by its portfolio company, AllHeart.  The acquisition makes AllHeart the largest direct marketer of medical uniform apparel and supplies to healthcare professionals in the U.S.

Friend Skoler and Raymond James Capital Announce Formation of Event Photography Group

June 2007

Raymond James Capital, Inc. and Friend Skoler & Co. announced today that they have partnered to form Event Photography Group, Inc. ("EPG") and financed EPG's investments in Chappell Studio, Inc. and Bob Knight Photomarketing, Inc.

Friend Skoler Announces Investment in Box Studios

May 2007

Friend Skoler & Co. announced today that it has completed an investment in Box Studios.  Box is the preeminent provider of high-end digital imaging services for professional photographers, publishers and corporate advertisers.

Friend Skoler Announces Investment in Accessories Marketing

December 2006

Friend Skoler & Co., Inc. announced today that it has completed an investment in Accessories Marketing, Inc. Accessories Marketing, Inc. is a leading manufacturer and marketer of flat tire prevention and repair products and tire care accessories sold under the Slime™ brand name.

Friend Skoler Announces Investment in AllHeart

November 2006

Friend Skoler & Co., Inc. announced today that it has completed an investment in AllHeart.  Operating the top ranked AllHeart.com website, AllHeart is the leading e-commerce retailer of medical uniform apparel, medical diagnostic instruments, footwear and accessories to healthcare professionals.

Hopkins Acquires Back-Up Safety and Related Products from DesignTech

June 2005

Hopkins Manufacturing Corporation announced today that it has acquired certain product lines from DesignTech International, including its back-up safety products.  

Hopkins and Carrand Join Forces to Create Leading Automotive Cleaning Products Company

April 2005

Hopkins Manufacturing Corporation announced today that it has acquired privately owned Carrand Companies, Inc.  Based in Rancho Dominguez, CA, Carrand is a leading designer and marketer of specialty cleaning tools and accessories for the automotive aftermarket.

Friend Skoler Announces Sale of United Pet Group Investment

August 2004

Friend Skoler & Co. announced today that it sold its shares in United Pet Group ("UPG") as part of the acquisition of UPG by United Industries Corporation on July 30th, 2004.

Friend Skoler Announces Acquisition of Hopkins Manufacturing Corporation

July 2004

Friend Skoler & Co. announced today that it has acquired Hopkins Manufacturing Corporation in partnership with management. Hopkins, headquartered in Emporia, Kansas, is a leading manufacturer and marketer of specialized towing products and functional accessories for the automotive and recreational vehicle aftermarkets.

United Industries Signs Definitive Agreement to Acquire United Pet Group

June 2004

United Industries Corporation, which goes to market as Spectrum Brands, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire United Pet Group, Inc. ("UPG"), a privately owned leading manufacturer and marketer of premium branded pet supplies, for $360 million.

Friend Skoler & Co. Closes $231 Million Private Equity Fund

April 2004

Friend Skoler & Co. announced today the closing of Friend Skoler Equity Investors, L.P. and affiliated investment entities, with $231 million of capital commitments.

United Pet Group Acquires Assets of Dingo Brand, LLC

January 2004

United Pet Group, Inc. announced today that it has acquired substantially all of the assets and business of Dingo Brand, LLC.

Friend Skoler & Co. Announces Sale of Woodstream Corporation

June 2003

Friend Skoler & Co. announced today the sale of Woodstream Corporation to an affiliate of Brockway Moran & Partners, Inc. for approximately $100 million.

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