Greensboro, NC - Vertical Supply Group ("VSG") is pleased to announce the acquisition of Fred Marvin Associates ("Fred Marvin"). Based in Stow, OH, Fred Marvin is a leading manufacturer and distributor of poles, pruners and other tools for the arborist market.

"Jeff and the Fred Marvin team have been a great supplier partner to VSG for more than 20 years," said Tripp Wyckoff, CEO of VSG. "As the new owners, we are committed to continuing to serve Fred Marvin's customer base, growing the manufacturing operation in Stow, OH, and look forward to producing innovative new 'Made in the USA' products in the years ahead."

"The last 25 years have been quite a ride. Fred Marvin is a perfect fit for VSG, and I am excited that the brand will continue for many years to come," said Jeff Mussay, President of Fred Marvin.

Matt Newill, Vice President of Platte River Equity, stated "We have admired the Fred Marvin brand for years and are fortunate that the relationship we cultivated with Jeff over the past 18 months provided us the opportunity to partner with his team."

VSG continues to evaluate acquisition opportunities in the industrial distribution sector to build on its strong record of introducing innovative products and expanding its distribution and digital marketing capabilities to better serve its trade partners and diverse customer base.


About Fred Marvin

Founded in 1943, Fred Marvin is a highly recognizable manufacturer and distributor of tree tools and is a leading brand in the arborist market for poles and pruners. For more information, please visit www.pruner.com.

About VSG

Founded in 1960 and based in Greensboro, NC, VSG is a leading distributor and direct retailer of arborist tools and equipment. Professionals who "work elevated" depend on VSG's ropes, technical equipment and clothing to work safely, efficiently and comfortable high above the ground.

Contacts

Brian P. Klaban

Director of Business Development & Debt Capital Markets

bklaban@platteriverequity.com

303-292-7317

Lauren A. Metz

Business Development Associate

lmetz@platteriverequity.com

303-292-7321

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