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Sole Source Capital acquires Peak-Ryzex and Optical Phusion

Sole Source Capital, an industrial-focused private equity firm, has acquired Peak-Ryzex from Keystone Capital and Optical Phusion from its founders, two leading providers of automatic identification, data capture and factory automation solutions.

The companies will be merged and led by Peak-Ryzex CEO Juliann Larimer, CFO Michele Adams and Optical Phusion president Tony Rivers. Terms of the transactions were not disclosed.

The combination will yield significant technological and operational synergies as well as deliver enhanced cross-selling opportunities to a broad set of clients ranging from small and medium sized businesses to Fortune 500 companies – all seeking supply-chain logistical support.

Peak Ryzex’s position will be further enhanced by Optical Phusion’s self-service kiosk, enterprise mobility and wireless technology integration expertise, which allows its clients to fulfill and finalize transactions more quickly and easily.

These transactions mark Sole Source’s 5th and 6th investments in the AIDC space, following the purchase of Supply Chain Services and add-on investments after the acquisition of Dasco Label, Miles Data and Coridian.

David Fredston, Founder and Managing Partner of Sole Source Capital, says: “These two acquisitions are a natural fit with our investment thesis, as we are a thematically-driven firm and automation is a strong area of focus. The AIDC market is both highly fragmented and has strong industry tailwinds.

“We are confident in the cultural fit between Peak-Ryzex and OPI, and we are excited to pool our collective resources in the pursuit of building a larger, forward-thinking business to grow with the increased digitization of the supply chain.”

Larimer, CEO of Peak-Ryzex, says: “This investment is a testament to the hard work of the Peak-Ryzex team and demonstrates the high growth potential of our product offering.

“We look forward to partnering with Sole Source and OPI to continue growing, both organically and through strategic acquisitions, by delivering best-in-class, digital supply chain and mobile workforce solutions to our customers.”

Rivers says: “Our entire team is looking forward to working with Sole Source Capital and the Peak-Ryzex team to deliver an expanded breadth of products and services to our customers.”

Founded in 1981, Peak-Ryzex delivers innovative automated data collection solutions to Fortune 500 customers along with small and medium-sized businesses, providing critical technology that allows businesses to become more efficient and responsive.

The company is a premier value-added reseller of barcoding, data collection, and factory automation equipment, delivering innovative digital supply chain and mobile workforce solutions across North America and Europe.

The company provides knowledgeable sales and information technology expertise to customers purchasing AIDC equipment across multiple end markets including food processing/distribution, grocery, healthcare, e-commerce, industrial and manufacturing, among others. Peak is headquartered in Columbia, MD and has seven locations in the US and two in the UK.

Established in 2004, Optical Phusion is a founder-owned solution provider of automatic identification, data capture hardware equipment and software solutions primarily to the grocery, pharmacy and retail end markets. OPI specializes in helping customers solve business challenges and manage the entire lifecycle of supply chain solutions such as e-commerce, click and collect, interactive kiosk, personal shopping solutions, RFID, mobility, and wireless technology projects. OPI is headquartered in Littleton, Massachussetts.

Stifel served as the exclusive financial advisor to Peak-Ryzex and Principals of Charter Capital Partners served as the exclusive financial advisor to Optical Phusion.

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