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Case Study : Pittsburgh Glass Works
As a North American supplier of automotive glass products to a domestic client base, historically Pittsburgh Glass Works struggled with a legacy manufacturing footprint that restricted its ability to compete for new business and profitably grow. Crafting a combined strategic roadmap of asset redeployment, and client and geographic diversification, Kohlberg partnered with me and my management team to become a one-world, low cost suppler-of-choice to the global automotive market.
James D. Wiggins - Chief Executive Officer
Pittsburgh Glass Works, L.L.C. (the “PGW”) is the leading manufacturer and supplier of automotive glass products and services in North America. The Company, which was founded in the early 1900s, supplies original-equipment-manufacturer windshields, rear and side windows, sunroofs and assemblies to auto and truck manufacturers, and supplies and distributes replacement automotive glass products for use in the aftermarket.
Divisional carve-out of PPG Industries (“PPG”)
Non-core asset to PPG; enabled PPG to retain a 40% interest as Kohlberg executed an aggressive plan to bring cost efficiency and world-class manufacturing capability to the business
Kohlberg Operating Partner Jim Wiggins brought significant management resources and automotive experience to the transaction
Built new management team around new CEO (Kohlberg Operating Partner Jim Wiggins)
Management took immediate and decisive action to preserve PGW’s leading aftermarket presence and restructure its manufacturing operations
Removed significant cost through manufacturing, distribution and labor rationalization measures
Focused on core design and market leadership capabilities; built new, world-class manufacturing plants in US and Poland to service record backlog of new business wins
Further globalized operating footprint through greenfield JV in China
Through accretive divestiture of claims servicing division, streamlined the business model to become a pure play automotive glass company
Repositioned as global leader in manufacturing capabilities, leading to significant new business wins and investment in capacity expansion
Cost improvement plan and incremental revenue resulted in 100% improvement in EBITDA
Successfully divested claims servicing business at highly accretive multiple
Executed a dividend refinancing to return significant profit to investors while maintaining conservative capital structure and leverage
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