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Truck-Lite partners with new investor

Dec. 19, 2019
Genstar Capital involvement intended to support company’s future growth, transformation

Genstar Capital recently made a “significant” investment in Truck-Lite, according to the safety lighting and telematics services provider.

Truck-Lite previously was owned by affiliates of BDT Capital Partners, Koch Equity Development and Penske Corporation.

As part of the deal, Genstar acquired BDT and Koch’s ownership interests.

“We are very excited to partner with Genstar,” said Brian Kupchella, Truck-Lite’s chief executive officer. “We believe its investment philosophy aligns extremely well with Truck-Lite’s long-term strategy and will allow us to accelerate our growth plans, continue to invest in new products and markets, and improve our value proposition to our customers and partners.

“We thank BDT and Koch for their leadership and support over the past several years.
They have been true business partners and stewards of the Truck-Lite brand and we look forward to working with their companies for years to come.”

Rob Rutledge, managing director at Genstar, cited Truck-Lite’s position in attractive markets, history of innovation and “superior” technology for his company’s interest in the investment.

“For over 60 years, they have worked to build strong brand recognition and we see opportunity to support the continued expansion of the business through growth in new products, technologies and Truck-Lite’s Road Ready telematics systems, and look to further expedite that growth by pursuing strategic acquisitions,” Rutledge said.

Added Patrick Conroy, chief financial officer of Penske Corporation and member of the Truck-Lite board of directors: “Truck-Lite serves as a valuable partner to many of the world’s largest commercial vehicle fleets, OEMs and distributors. Truck-Lite has a strong history of developing new innovations that make them leaders in providing technologically advanced products that allow truck fleets to operate with improved safety and reduced costs.

“We look forward to continuing our relationship with Truck-Lite and supporting Genstar to accelerate Truck-Lite’s growth.”

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