W.F. Taylor Co., Inc. (“Taylor” or the “Company”) is a leading North American manufacturer and marketer of flooring adhesives and related products. The Company has a reputation for developing high quality, technologically-advanced adhesives and providing superior customer service. Taylor is a leader in product innovation and offers a broad range of environmentally-friendly products that are free from isocyanates, solvents, and other potentially hazardous chemicals.
Taylor has been family-owned and operated since John Raidy, Sr. acquired the business in 1989. Since that time, Taylor has grown into an industry leader with a reputation for providing high quality and innovative adhesives to installers of floor coverings throughout the U.S. The Company was owned by six members of the Raidy family, including Jack Raidy, Jr. and Mike Raidy, the second generation of Raidys to own and manage the business.
After successfully developing the Taylor brand and expanding into multiple distribution channels throughout North America, the shareholders decided to seek partial liquidity for estate planning purposes. The shareholders engaged Grace Matthews to explore the Company’s options.
Taylor’s niche market position and strong historical growth made the Company an attractive target for a broad range of both strategic and financial buyers. Given their extensive historical focus on developing a strong brand presence and creating a positive corporate culture, the Raidy family was committed to identifying a partner that would build upon the company’s success and maintain continuity for the operations and employees.
The process was highly competitive and generated a significant amount of interest from both strategic and financial buyers. Grace Matthews led discussions with a variety of potential buyers with interest in formulated chemicals and the flooring market.
Ultimately, the shareholders elected to partner with Dominus Capital, a New York-based private equity fund that had developed an expertise in the flooring market through several prior acquisitions. In Taylor, Dominus recognized another opportunity to leverage its market knowledge and industry contacts with a business that had a reputation for high quality, technologically-advanced and environmentally-friendly products. The transaction provided an opportunity for shareholder liquidity while allowing management, including Jack and Mike Raidy, to retain ownership in the business. The shareholders also viewed Dominus Capital’s broad network of industry resources as an asset to support continued growth.