PE/FI  Tinicum Capital Partners

     Office Locations:

One Maritime Plaza Suite 1650
San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone: 415-391-7899

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  • Middle Market



  • Business Services
  • Manufacturing & Industrial
  • Medical Device



    Tinicum Incorporated was founded to manage the holdings of the Ruttenberg family and began managing outside capital in 1998. Tinicum Capital Partners, L.P. was formed in December 1998 with committed capital of $272 million and is fully invested. Tinicum Capital Partners II, L.P. was formed in May 2004 and has committed capital of $1.325 billion. Both funds were established with flexible investment mandates. Tinicum Capital Partners, which is managed by Tinicum Incorporated, seeks to acquire control of companies through acquisitions or restructurings or to take minority stakes in public or private companies through equity or debt securities. Tinicum's investors are all individuals and families (no institutional investors). Tinicum primarily pursues investments of $25 million to $75 million, but may invest more or less depending on the specific characteristics of an opportunity. Tinicum invests opportunistically in a wide variety of industries, but is interested in acquisitions in industries where the firm already has investments, specifically: Aerospace, HVAC components, Magazine fulfillment, Medical devices, Fasteners and fastener manufacturing tools, and Financial services. The firm is not interested in venture capital, unproven technology, and real estate. Managing Partner, Eric Ruttenberg is a son of Derald H. Ruttenberg (1916-2004), a lawyer who became a deal maker, organizing large industrial mergers. He arranged the merger of Studebaker and Worthington Corporation, and for some time ran the combined Studebaker-Worthington.



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    Investment Firm Key

       VC = Venture Capital
       PE = Private Equity
       A = Angel
       I = Incubator
       MB = Merchant Bank
       VD = Venture Debt
       FI = Family Investment Office
       FOF = Fund of Funds
       ED = Economic Development Office   
       TT = Technology Transfer Office
       CVC = Corporate Venture Capital
       SEC = Secondary Purchaser
       HF = Hedge Fund/Mutual Fund
    Venture Capital
    Seed Stage
    (includes "pre-seed," or
    concept stage)
    No Revenue
    Early StageMinimal
    Growth Stage
    (also called Mid-stage)
    Expansion Stage
    (also called Late-stage)
    $7M and greater
    Private Equity
    Lower Middle Market$10M-$249M
    Middle Market$250M-$499M
    Upper Middle Market$500M-$1B
    Large Cap>$1B

    Investment Team:

    Name   Title
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    Bill Shockley Partner
    Bob Kelly Partner
    Chuck Crafts Partner
    Eric Ruttenberg Co-Managing Partner
    Gabriel Yuen Partner


    Portfolio companies include:

      Enesco Group
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      Rebellion Photonics
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      Western Pneumatic Tube
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