BlackArch Partners Advises NCS on its Recapitalization by AEA Investors

NCS, headquartered in Grimes, Iowa, is the leading service and systems provider to the North American car wash industry. Management has established the largest direct, end-to-end customer service and support network with over 250 service

technicians nationwide. Complementing the service suite is the widest selection of car wash systems, accessories and parts under the Ryko ( and MacNeil ( brands, as well as a complete line of cleaning fluid solutions. This comprehensive offering allows NCS to address nearly every customer need throughout the lifecycle of a car wash system. For more information, please visit the Company’s website –

Mike Gillen, CEO of NCS, commented: “BlackArch provided superior leadership, fact-based counsel, and a tailored approach from pitch to close based on our goals and objectives. The entire BlackArch team partnered and integrated with our team seamlessly to provide the support we needed to deliver a successful outcome. Most importantly, we were afforded several compelling options for the shareholders and closed the process in partnership with a sponsor eager to support our growth plan. We look forward to working with BlackArch again in the future.”

In addition, Russ Wilson, Partner of Trivest, said: “From pitch to closing, the BlackArch team was exemplary. BlackArch’s thoughtful and high-touch marketing process, focused senior attention and deep market/buyer insight, make the firm the preeminent sell-side advisor for great middle-market companies. We are proud to count BlackArch as a key partner and appreciate all of their hard work to make the NCS transaction a success.”

BlackArch was retained by NCS’s management team and financial sponsor, Trivest, to serve as exclusive financial advisor on the transaction. The NCS transaction builds upon BlackArch’s significant momentum with market-leading and high-growth platform companies in the middle market, and leverages deep sector experience in both Business & Professional Services, Automotive Aftermarket and Diversified Industrials.

About Trivest Partners

Trivest Partners is a private investment firm that focuses on partnering with founder/family-owned businesses in the United States and Canada. Since its founding in 1981, Trivest has completed more than 250 transactions, totaling almost $6 billion in value. For additional information, please visit

About AEA Investors

AEA Investors LP was founded in 1968 by the Rockefeller, Mellon, and Harriman family interests and S.G. Warburg & Co. as a private investment vehicle for a select group of industrial family offices with substantial assets. AEA’s active individual investors (the…

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