In the fall of 2022, Ironbridge Equity Partners acquired a controlling interest in Montreal glass fabricator, Walker Glass. Walker develops and manufactures acid-etched glass, premium quality mirror and bird-friendly glazing solutions. Working closely with the Walker team, Ironbridge has announced it has also acquired a controlling interest in U.S.-based Gardner Glass Products.
Like Walker, Gardner has a proud history of growth and innovation based on solid core values. Founded in 1962, Gardner Glass Products started as a mirror manufacturer. Over the years, Gardner expanded its product offering to include a variety of decorative glass products under its Dreamwalls brand. Today, Gardner Glass Products/Dreamwalls is one of the United States’ leading decorative glass and mirror manufacturers for commercial interiors. Gardner operates manufacturing facilities in North Carolina and Texas, and a distribution location in Indiana.
Although both companies will continue to operate as independent entities (business as usual), senior management in both organizations see tremendous growth opportunities under the Ironbridge umbrella. Pete Samson, Ironbridge’s managing partner, states, “We’re very excited to have Randy and the Gardner team in the Ironbridge fold along with the folks at Walker.”
“The entire team at Gardner is thrilled to work with Ironbridge and Walker on our future growth objectives. We see tremendous synergies and growth opportunities for both organizations,” states Gardner president, Randy Brooks.
Walker’s CEO, Lee Harrison, goes on to say, “Our combined market leadership positions, diverse geographic locations and complimentary offerings will fuel exceptional growth for both firms in the years to come.”
Ironbridge is a Toronto-based private equity firm with more than $700 million of assets under management focused on investing in companies in the Canadian and U.S. lower-middle-markets.
Gardner/Dreamwalls is a U.S.A.-based mirror and interior glass manufacturer and fabricator that focuses on high-quality, innovative products and reliable service. Over the last 60 years, Gardner/Dreamwalls has delivered over 1 billion square feet of glass and mirror products to customers all over the United States.
Walker Glass is a market leader in the manufacture of acid-etched glass products. They are known for Walker Textures full-surface etched glass, premium quality mirrors, and AviProtek bird-friendly glazing products. Walker
Glass proudly serves U.S. and Canadian architectural glass fabricators from coast to coast, supported by a large inventory of acid-etched glass, acid-etched mirror and unetched mirror.
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