Laval, QC and Charlotte, NC – April 4, 2018 – Uniban Canada and PH Vitres d’Autos, established leaders in automotive glass distribution, fulfillment and claims management, have strengthened their expansion strategy thanks to their new partnership with Ridgemont Equity Partners, a U.S. based private equity firm. Led by the trusted management of Mario Jutras and Marc Desmarais, these organisations have launched the Clairus Group, the second largest vertically integrated automotive glass and claims management provider in North America.
The Clairus Group is a direct continuation of Uniban’s recent growth. In the past year, Uniban has added Go! Glass & Accessories, Star Auto Glass and the Docteur du Pare-Brise to its trusted family of networks. Uniban has also renewed its claims management agreements with leading Canadian insurance companies using its omnichannel Conversence claims management platform. These accomplishments, combined with the strength of Ridgemont Equity Partners, cement the Clairus Group as a leading force in the market place.
“We are proud to announce this milestone in the evolution of our organisations, which celebrate over 50 years of experience,” said Marc Desmarais, CEO and President of Clairus. “Our partnership with Ridgemont reinforces the strength of our organisation and paves the way for continued growth throughout North America and abroad. Ridgemont has deep experience in the automotive industry and shares our vision of growing Clairus’ presence into new geographies and investing in the latest technology, while remaining committed to our existing markets and core values that our customers expect.”
“Ridgemont has been investing in the transportation sector for well over a decade – from aftermarket distribution and services to third party logistics,” said Jack Purcell (Partner) and Tim Dillon (Principal) in a joint statement on behalf of Ridgemont. “The industry is very fragmented, and we seek to identify market leaders who have exemplified the ability to create scale through market penetration and M&A and who have reaped the benefits of early investment in technology. Clairus’ vertically integrated model and product flexibility will allow the Company to penetrate new markets both organically and through acquisition, while strengthening our presence in those areas where Clairus is already well established. Our capital will provide Clairus with significant firepower to pursue acquisitions and, notably, will allow the Clairus team to provide business owners looking for liquidity with highly flexible transaction structuring solutions. We are incredibly excited to back the management team at Clairus, and we look forward to executing on our growth strategy in Canada and the U.S. together.”