SOURCE: Schaefer Brush Manufacturing

Schaefer Brush Manufacturing

June 01, 2015 11:06 ET

Schaefer Brush Manufacturing Sees Growth With Resources From New Ownership Group

WAUKESHA, WI--(Marketwired - Jun 1, 2015) - Schaefer Brush Manufacturing, LLC, will invest in new equipment, product innovation, and personnel development with resources from a new ownership group. The investment will bolster the company's position as one of the world's most diverse industrial brush manufacturers.

"Schaefer Brush is internationally known as a premier source for industrial brushes, and for its innovation to meet the evolving needs of the brush industry," said John Syburg, of Brookfield, Wis.-based Blackthorne Partners, an investment group which acquired Schaefer Brush Manufacturing, effective June 1. "We intend to build upon that legacy and keep Schaefer Brush Manufacturing in the forefront of its industry for many years to come."

Harold Schaefer, the fourth generation of the Schaefer family involved with the business and the owner since 1991, will retire after more than 50 years with the company.

"When I saw how Blackthorne Partners has strengthened other Wisconsin companies, and how it retains the owner/operator culture that keeps those businesses innovative and in the forefront of their industries, I knew my decision to sell to Blackthorne Partners was the right one," Schaefer said.

Current company President Sheri Reichart will remain in that position and continue to manage its day-to-day operations to ensure a seamless customer experience with Schaefer Brush.

"Sheri has been with Schaefer Brush since 1968 and is deeply knowledgeable about every aspect of the business and our industry," said Steve Balistreri of Blackthorne Partners.

The company will continue to operate independently as Schaefer Brush Manufacturing, LLC, and will remain at its 60,000-square-foot facility in the Milwaukee suburb of Waukesha, Wis.

Along with a wide line of standard twisted-in-wire, staple set and hand drawn brushes, Schaefer Brush Manufacturing offers custom brushes and turn-key brushing systems.

The company is online at

Blackthorne Partners has steadily increased its portfolio of Wisconsin companies over the last few years. Its portfolio includes skid steer attachment manufacturer Berlon Industries, glass fireplace door and hearth accessories manufacturer Design Specialties, food processing machinery manufacturer Hughes Equipment Company, SAP information technology consultants group:basis, pallet manufacturer Pallet USA, and Integrated Medical Partners, which owns a portfolio of health care information technology service businesses.

Blackthorne Partners is online at

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    Sheri Reichart
    Schaefer Brush Manufacturing, LLC
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