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CenterGate Capital Completes the Sale of Owen Equipment Company

CenterGate Capital (“CenterGate”), an Austin-based private equity investment firm, is pleased to announce the sale of its specialty environmental equipment platform The Owen Family of Companies (“Owen”) to Wynnchurch Capital LLC (“Wynnchurch”).

Established in 1958 and headquartered in Vancouver, WA, Owen provides critical infrastructure equipment, aftermarket parts and services including street sweepers, sewer cleaners, hydro excavators, specialty drilling equipment, and vegetation management equipment. Since CenterGate partnered with management in 2018, the Company achieved transformational growth. During the partnership Owen expanded into new end markets, geographies, and products offerings.

Earl Rose, President of Owen, commented “I’m extremely pleased with the accomplishments of the Owen team over the past few years. Our success is a testament to the quality and hard work of our team members, our relentless focus on delivering value to our customers, and the support from CenterGate. Our remarkable growth during the partnership with CenterGate leaves Owen well positioned for continued expansion.”

Lewis Schoenwetter, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of CenterGate, remarked that “the Owen growth story is a great example of CenterGate’s dedication to supporting business owners and management teams in order to create shared success. The team at CenterGate understands the core growth and operating needs of lower middle market companies. In partnership with management, CenterGate helped Owen expand from a regional provider to a national leader with a best-in-class critical infrastructure equipment and service offering. CenterGate has greatly appreciated its successful partnership with the Owen management team and is excited to see their continued success.”

Harris Williams & Co. acted as financial advisor and McDermott, Will & Emery LLP served as legal counsel to Owen.

About Owen Equipment

Based in Vancouver, WA, Owen Equipment Company is a leading specialty equipment platform providing critical infrastructure solutions to municipal, utility, and commercial customers throughout the United States. Owen serves as a dealer of new and pre-owned equipment, provides related parts and maintenance services and maintains a large fleet of rental equipment used for sewer maintenance, hydro/vacuum excavation, street cleaning, specialty drilling and vegetation management applications. For more information, visit

About CenterGate Capital

CenterGate Capital is an Austin, Texas based private equity firm focused on partnering with lower middle market companies with the potential to achieve transformational growth through operational and strategic development. CenterGate brings a balance of financial and operational experience and strategic insight to assist management in driving long-term sustainable growth. For more information, please visit

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