Baird Capital Partners portfolio company Backyard Discovery acquires Sheds USA


Baird Capital Partners portfolio company Backyard Discovery acquires Sheds USA


Acquisition Creates the Leader in the Wooden Backyard Products Industry

Portsmouth, N.H., November 2, 2010
Baird Capital Partners (BCP), the U.S.-based buyout fund of Baird Private Equity, announced today that its portfolio company Backyard Discovery has acquired Sheds USA (Sheds), a leading provider of wooden sheds in North America. The acquisition combines the No. 1 market share leader in the wooden play set industry with the No. 3 market share leader in the wooden shed industry, creating the global leader in the wooden backyard products industry. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Founded in 1994 and based in Portsmouth, N.H., Sheds distributes, installs and services garden, tool, and storage sheds sold primarily to Home Depot, Costco, BJ’s, and Sears. The company’s differentiated customer service-focused business model has enabled Sheds to serve as Home Depot’s sole wooden sheds supplier in the Northeastern United States for over ten years.

Backyard Discovery was established in 2007 through the BCP-backed merger of Backyard Adventures and Leisure Time Products, two longtime leading outdoor recreation product providers. Based in Pittsburg, Kansas, Backyard Discovery is one of the world’s leading producers of wooden residential outdoor play sets and other backyard products under the following brand names: Create-N-Adventure™, Adventure Playsets™, Backyard Adventure™, Leisure Time Products™ and Backyard Builders™. Backyard Discovery products are sold through nationwide retailers including Wal-Mart, Sam's Club, Toys-R-Us, BJ’s, and through independent dealers across the country.

“Sheds’ customer service-focused business model, which we believe to be the best in the wooden products industry, is a strong fit with Backyard Discovery’s customer-centric culture,” said Ron Scripsick, CEO of Backyard Discovery. “This partnership will allow us to further expand our product set into the backyard market, and leverage both companies’ capabilities in developing the best products and customer service for the retail channel and end consumer.”

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Baird Capital Partners

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Baird Public Relations