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The Cook & Boardman Group Acquires Botzum Bros Hardware

The Cook & Boardman Group, LLC (“Cook & Boardman” or “C&B”), a leading specialty distributor of commercial door entry solutions and systems integration services announced today the acquisition of Akron, Ohio-based Botzum Bros Hardware, LLC (“Botzum Bros” or “Botzum”). Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Botzum Bros is a family-owned business that has served the Northeastern Ohio construction market since 1892. The company is recognized as a premiere supplier of architectural doors, frames, hardware and related products to the commercial construction and multi-family housing markets in the region.

“We’re excited to welcome Botzum Bros to the Cook & Boardman family of companies,” said Darrin Anderson, Chief Executive Officer of C&B. “We don’t take lightly that we’re being entrusted with a fourth-generation family business and look forward to providing their employees with additional resources and expanded opportunities as we grow in this major market.”

“Throughout our company’s long history, we’ve been known for delivering quality products and excellent customer service,” noted Botzum Bros owner Al Hilkert. “In Cook & Boardman, we found a common culture and passion for serving the industry. I’m confident that our employees will thrive and the legacy of Botzum Bros will be preserved.”

The company will continue to operate under the Botzum Bros name and customer contacts will remain unchanged as a result of the acquisition. Hilkert will continue to manage the business under C&B’s ownership.

Cook & Boardman is a portfolio company of Littlejohn & Co., LLC. Botzum Bros represents C&B’s sixth acquisition since being acquired by Littlejohn in October 2018.