Westward Partners Acquires Curtis Construction

SEATTLE, WA, August 9, 2013 - Westward Partners ("Westward"), a leading smaller middle market private equity firm, today announced its acquisition of a majority interest in Regina, Saskatchewan-based Curtis Construction Ltd. and South Saskatchewan Steel Services Ltd. (together, “Curtis” or the “Company”) one of the leading providers of maintenance, equipment, and recycling in the province. Curtis specializes in facility and equipment maintenance services, operated and bare equipment rental, recycling and contracting. Curtis is Westward’s 8th acquisition and its 1st portfolio company in Saskatchewan.

Curtis is known as one of the most well-established, family-owned and operated companies in Regina. Curtis President, Dale Curtis, has been with the Company since its inception and will continue to lead the Company and hold a significant ownership stake.

“The Westward team’s unique combination of creative problem solving, straight-forward negotiation, and fairness throughout our deal process was instrumental in our successful closing. Together we accomplished my family succession planning objectives and we gained a valuable partner for future growth," Mr. Curtis said. "We are honored to be chosen by Dale as the stewards of the Curtis family legacy responsible for helping to build upon the successful company which they have established," said, Erik Tolzmann, Founder and Partner at Westward. "The well-established platform Dale and his team have built combined with strong provincial growth forecast make us optimistic about our investment."

About Curtis Construction

In business since the 1960s, Curtis Construction is a full service provider of maintenance, equipment, and recycling services throughout the rapidly growing province of Saskatchewan. Curtis began as a family owned road builder and quickly evolved to be the supplier of equipment and services for EVRAZ North America, a leading steel manufacturer that produces more than 5 million tons annually of flat, long, and tubular products. Curtis headquarters in Regina, Saskatchewan.

About Westward Partners

Seattle-based Westward Partners is a private equity firm created to address the needs of smaller middle-market companies with revenue up to $75 million and EBITDA up to $10 million. Westward partners with strong management teams in smaller middle market businesses to build long-term value for its investors, its management teams, and the employees of its portfolio companies.