Jesse Hawthorne Appointed CEO of the Business Renamed Energi Fenestration Solutions, Ltd.

April 04, 2016

LOS ANGELES, CA – April 4, 2016 – OpenGate Capital, a global private equity firm, announced today that it has completed the acquisition of the Window & Door division of Royal Building Products, a manufacturer of vinyl window profiles and patio doors, from Axiall Corporation (NYSE: AXLL). The division has been renamed ENERGI Fenestration Solutions (“ENERGI”), as part of OpenGate’s investment strategy to transition the business into a stand-alone entity. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

ENERGI was founded more than 40 years ago and is a leading manufacturer of rigid and cellular vinyl window and patio door profiles, as well as interior vinyl shutters and other extruded vinyl products for a variety of applications. ENERGI is headquartered in Ontario, Canada, has seven manufacturing sites in the United States and Canada, and employs more than 900 people.

Andrew Nikou, OpenGate Capital’s founder and Chief Executive Officer stated, “We are incredibly proud to have acquired ENERGI as it has all of the qualities we look for in a lower middle-market, carve-out transaction: a great management team, innovative R&D and a high quality customer base.  This is yet another example of how OpenGate Capital is able to deploy our in-house team to source, acquire, transition and ultimately drive new value into businesses with untapped potential throughout North America and Europe.”

Matthias Gundlach, Senior Principal at OpenGate Capital, led the transaction and stated, “This was a very competitive process with both strategic and financial parties bidding for the ENERGI business. OpenGate provided Axiall with the speed, certainty and industry experience that they were looking for in a transaction partner. We were ultimately successful due to our ability to move quickly across multiple geographies, manage the complexity of this cross-border carve-out, and apply the experience in the PVC space OpenGate Capital has gained through our previous acquisitions.”

Mr. Jesse Hawthorne will continue to lead ENERGI as the company’s Chief Executive Officer.  Mr. Hawthorne brings more than 13 years of industry experience and insight into the North American market having worked at Jeld-Wen of Canada and Royal Building Products.

The acquisition of ENERGI is the third transaction completed by OpenGate in the past three months, and the second cross-border transaction this year following OpenGate’s acquisitions of Power Partners, Inc., a US-based power transformer business in January, 2016, and the acquisition of Bois & Matériaux, a France-based building materials distribution business from Wolseley plc in March, 2016.


About OpenGate Capital

OpenGate Capital is a global private equity firm specializing in the acquisition and operation of businesses to create new value through operational improvements, innovation and growth. Established in 2005, OpenGate Capital is headquartered in Los Angeles, California with a European office in Paris, France. OpenGate’s professionals possess the critical skills needed to acquire, transition, operate, build and scale successful businesses. To date, OpenGate Capital, through its legacy and fund investments, has executed more than 30 acquisitions including corporate carve-outs, management buy-outs, special situations and transactions with private sellers across North America and Europe. To learn more about OpenGate, please visit www.opengatecapital.com.

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Alanna Chaffin

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Mike Sitrick

Sitrick & Company

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OpenGate Business Development Contact

Joshua Adams

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ENERGI Fenestration Solutions Media Contact

Martin Boulanger

Email: Martin.Boulanger@royalbuildingproducts.com

Telephone: +1 (514) 707-1803