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Powered Suspended Access and Safety Solutions
John A. Hatherly
Ian M. Kirson
Headquartered just outside Seattle, SafeWorks, LLC ("Safeworks") is a leading global manufacturer and distributor of powered suspended access and safety solutions. SafeWorks was formed in 1997, but its products have a history that date back over 60 years. It has a leading market position, recognized brands and outstanding management team. SafeWorks is the recognized North American leader in providing powered suspended access solutions to the non-residential construction space and the wind energy industry.
Wynnchurch partnered with the company's management team and acquired the company from a group of high net worth investors in August 2006.
The former owners of the business had held their investment for almost 10 years and were looking for a liquidity event after enduring a cyclical downturn. Wynnchurch identified SafeWorks as a niche market leader that could grow into new end markets with the support of a knowledgeable capital partner which the prior ownership group was unwilling to support.
Wynnchurch is working with management to invest in new products and distribution channels, as well as new end markets that can benefit from SafeWorks unique technical and engineering expertise.