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Headquartered in Boothwyn, Pennsylvania, Nielsen-Kellerman is a designer and manufacturer of premium environmental and athletic performance measurement instruments. The Company has developed innovative solutions for outdoor enthusiasts and professionals across multiple end markets to provide the user with actionable, real-time data to make critical decisions.
The Company goes to market under two primary brands, Kestrel® and NK. The Company’s Kestrel® ("Kestrel") products measure local environmental conditions (wind speed, temperature, humidity, etc.) and perform end market-specific calculations that are used recreationally, competitively, and professionally in a multitude of end markets including firefighting, agriculture and research, among many others. The Company also offers Kestrel products that combine environmental data with a ballistics solver to provide accurate measurements for long-range shooters in the hunting, enthusiast, military, and law enforcement segments. NK-branded products measure athlete biomechanics, boat performance, and provide audio amplification solutions and accessories for recreational and competitive paddle sports participants.
"Over the last 40 years, Nielsen-Kellerman has earned a phenomenal reputation for developing premium products across several outdoor categories," said Matt Blevins, Principal of Clearview Capital. “The Kestrel and NK brands garner significant brand recognition in their respective markets due to high quality, durability and performance accuracy. We look forward to partnering with the Nielsen-Kellerman team to build on the solid foundation they’ve developed."
"We are excited to partner with Clearview to execute on the next phase of our growth strategy," said Alix James, the Company’s CEO. "Their relevant experience and knowledge of the outdoor enthusiast market will serve as an invaluable resource as we seek to broaden our product offering, expand our distribution channels, and access new end markets."
"End users trust Kestrel and NK data at critical decision junctures in their personal and professional lives," said Calvin Neider, Managing Partner and co-Founder of Clearview Capital. "Through additional capital and resources, we will support Alix and her team’s continued investment in product innovation and improvement to develop a broad set of solutions for the Company’s existing and adjacent markets that also place a high degree of value on precision and reliability."
Nielsen-Kellerman is the eighth platform investment in Clearview Capital Fund III, LP, a $325 million committed fund raised in 2013. Clearview Capital sourced the transaction from D.A. Davidson & Co., who advised the seller. Clearview Capital's other holdings include Wilson Orchard and Vineyard Supply, LLC, a distributor of orchard and vineyard equipment, irrigation systems, and related agricultural supplies; Controlled Products, LLC, a manufacturer and distributor of premium quality synthetic turf; Advanced Medical Personnel Services, Inc., a provider of nationwide healthcare staffing solutions; Xcellence, Inc. d.b.a. Xact Data Discovery, a provider of discovery and data management services; Northwest Cosmetic Laboratories, LLC, a formulator and manufacturer of cosmetic and skin care products for prestige brands; Derby Building Products, Inc. f.k.a. Novik, Inc., an innovator, manufacturer and distributor of polymer building products; GCR, Inc., a professional services firm delivering technology solutions to governmental and commercial clients; Child Health Holdings, Inc. d.b.a. Pediatric Health Choice, the country's largest provider of prescribed pediatric extended care ("PPEC") centers for medically complex children; and Pyramid Healthcare, Inc., a provider of substance abuse and mental health treatment programs for adults and adolescents.