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RANDYS Worldwide Acquired by Private Equity Firm


RANDYS Worldwide has been acquired by Tailwind Capital, a middle market private equity firm focused on growth-oriented investments in targeted sectors within healthcare, business services, and industrial services. RANDYS Worldwide designs and supplies highly-engineered drivetrain products to the automotive aftermarket.

“RANDYS has created a portfolio of brands and products known for their quality, consistency, and customer satisfaction,” said Jeff Calhoun, partner at Tailwind. “Tailwind looks forward to working with the RANDYS team to leverage its impressive customer loyalty and leading brands to continue growing the company.”

Tailwind transforms its businesses through organic growth initiatives, acquisitions, and operational and strategic investments, according to the company. Since inception, Tailwind has managed $3.6 billion of committed equity capital and has invested in 40 portfolio companies and over 90 add-on acquisitions.

“RANDYS is excited about this partnership that will help to strengthen our position as the drivetrain supplier of choice to the automotive aftermarket,” said Kevin Kaestner, president and CEO at RANDYS Worldwide. “We are committed to continuing to grow our quality product, service, distribution, and technology platforms to the highest levels in the industry. We have enjoyed the support from Jim Guddy and Linsalata Capital to transition from a founder owned business and position us for continued growth, and Tailwind Capital is a great partner to help us realize the long-term goals of the organization.”

RANDYS Worldwide provides differential gears, axles, installation kits, driveshafts, lockers, limited slip differentials, remanufactured transfer cases, axle assemblies and manual transmissions to the aftermarket, catering to installers, big box retailers, remanufacturers, e-commerce retailers, and enthusiasts. The company markets its drivetrain products under three brands: Yukon Gear & Axle, U.S.A. Standard Gear, and Zumbrota Drivetrain.

Diff Wizard by RANDYS Worldwide provides an electronic year/make/model lookup of over 6,000 differential applications dating back to 1948.

RANDYS Worldwide employs more than 200 across seven warehouses and facilities.

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