Stellex Capital Management makes additional investment in Paragon

Paragon Metals (Paragon) has completed a new investment by affiliates of Stellex Capital Management (Stellex), a middle market private equity firm. 

This additional investment by Stellex follows its purchase of Paragon in early 2019, at which time Stellex committed to provide capital to support additional growth. Following the investment, Paragon will have an underleveraged balance sheet and significant liquidity. The financial terms of the transaction have not been disclosed.

With three manufacturing facilities in southern Michigan, Paragon is engaged in the business of manufacturing, distributing, sourcing, and importing complex, tight tolerance precision-machined components and assemblies serving a variety of industries, including automotive, heavy truck and general industrial markets. The timing of the added investment is driven by Stellex’s belief in Paragon and its strategic plan to continue to grow both organically and through its targeted acquisition strategy.

Steve Crain, a widely-respected manufacturing industry veteran, will continue to serve as Paragon’s Chief Executive Officer and lead efforts to leverage its current customer base and take advantage of multiple growth opportunities. 

Mike Stewart, Managing Partner of Stellex, says: “Paragon’s ability to deliver highly-complex products with exceptional customer service, quality and delivery have made it a clear leader in its space, and we believe the Company is well-positioned to capitalize on new opportunities in electric vehicle (“EV”) applications and in other markets. We expect that Paragon will have runway for future growth, and we are excited to continue to support the management team and further accelerate the Company’s growth.”

“We are thrilled with Stellex’s continued support as we pursue the next stage of growth for Paragon,” says Crain. “We believe Stellex’s depth of capabilities and expertise in the automotive industry are a great complement to those of Paragon, and the additional investment further confirms the fantastic work done by our team members.”

“Since our initial acquisition of Paragon, the Company has continued its progress with several new large-scale product launches and maintained its operational excellence while navigating through Covid and other industry headwinds,” adds David Waxman, Managing Director of Stellex. “Its industry-leading expertise in producing precision parts—with challenging engineering, development and build timelines—supports the incremental investment we are making in Paragon to expand its reach into new products, technologies and markets. Additionally, we see Paragon as a platform investment and intend to continue building the business organically and through acquisitions.”

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