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Private equity firm to buy International Wire Group, looks to further company growth

Stamford-based private equity firm Olympus Partners has agreed to acquire the International Wire Group (IWG) from its parent company, Atlas Holdings, in a deal reported to be valued at more than $900 million.

“When we acquired IWG, we partnered with (IWG CEO and President) Greg Smith to transform and grow the business. In the four years since, we have seen IWG cement its industry-leading position and create a unique platform for continued growth,” Atlas Partner Neil Mahajan said in a written statement. “We are looking forward to continuing to support the company in this new chapter with Olympus Partners.”

“The company has been built up over time and needs more capital to grow as it gets to the next stage,” Olympus Partners CEO and Chairman Rob Morris said of his firm’s agreement to acquire International Wire Group Holdings. “That’s the role we’re here to play.”

IWG, headquartered in Camden, New York, is the largest U.S. non-vertically integrated copper and copper-alloy wire products manufacturer in the United States. Its product line includes single-end wire and copper wire on bobbins, stranded conductors, metal and textile braided products, and flat wire as well as over braiding services for copper wires. Worldwide, IWG has 19 manufacturing facilities and a distribution facility in its business units. Those include its Bare Wire Division, which includes Continental Cordage and High Performance Conductors; Owl Wire; and International Wire Europe, which has five factories operated by Italtrecce (Italy), Tresse Métallique J.Forissier (France), and International Wire Polska (Poland).

Atlas, which acquired IWG in April 2019, will continue as an investor in the company, following the expected closing of the deal in the second quarter of this year. Atlas and its affiliates own and operate 26 companies. Olympus CEO and Chairman Rob Morris has said that he sees much potential for IWG as its product lines serve growing markets such as electric vehicles, electric charging stations, airplanes and data centers. “The company has been built up over time and needs more capital to grow as it gets to the next stage. That’s the role we’re here to play.”

IWG President and CEO Gregory Smith said that he greatly appreciated the growth that was made possible by Atlas, and the next stage. “I’m looking forward to continuing to serve our long-standing customers and continuing our growth with our new partners at Olympus.”

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