Basic Industries

Our experience and established relationships over 30 years facilitate swift and thoughtful reactions to investment opportunities across a complex and evolving landscape.

MDP has been investing in basic industries since the 1980s. Rather than attempting to predict industry cycles, we seek to create value by pursuing fundamental value creation initiatives, often including strategic mergers and/or acquisitions.

Deep Sector Expertise

MDP’s long history of investing in basic industries provides a healthy respect for the cyclical nature of many of these sectors.

Valuable Relationships

We have developed a deep network of contacts within our areas of focus. Our executive relationships have proven to be valuable resources to our portfolio company management teams.

Creative Thinking

We have consistently delivered strong returns through pursuing creative investment ideas and value creation initiatives, while not relying on timing a cycle.

"MDP is the perfect equity partner for us. They work hard to understand the business through our eyes, and are great at bringing perspective, financial resources, and M&A assistance to accelerate our growth plans. They are a supportive partner we trust, and exactly the partner we needed. "
Jeff McLendon, President & CEO, U.S. Lumber

Reliable Partners

Basic Industries

MDP serves as a source of advice for business decisions, leveraging our resources, investment experience and relationships.

MDP’s Basic Industries team focuses on investment opportunities in a range of sectors, including:

  • Paper, packaging and forest products
  • Building products, construction materials and homebuilding
  • Capital goods, equipment and machinery
  • Metals and mining, industrial materials and other natural resources
  • Chemicals
  • Other manufacturing, distribution and service industries

Sector Senior Team

Select Deals

Boise Cascade Company
Diversified paper and packaging company
Sector: Basic Industries
Deal Type: Buyout
Status: Exited
BWAY Holding Company
Manufacturer of general line metal and rigid plastic containers
Sector: Basic Industries
Deal Type: Buyout
Status: Exited
Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation
Provider of dredging services in the United States
Sector: Basic Industries
Deal Type: Buyout
Status: Exited
Multi Packaging Solutions
Global supplier of print-based specialty packaging solutions
Sector: Basic Industries
Deal Type: Buyout
Status: Exited
Nordic Packaging and Container International
Global specialty packaging company
Sector: Basic Industries
Deal Type: Buyout
Status: Current
Packaging Corporation of America
Producer of containerboard and corrugated packaging products
Sector: Basic Industries
Deal Type: Buyout
Status: Exited
Ryder TRS, Inc.
Consumer truck rental company
Sector: Basic Industries
Deal Type: Buyout
Status: Exited
Stericycle
Medical waste disposal services provider
Sector: Basic Industries
Deal Type: Buyout
Status: Exited
U.S. Lumber
Distributor of specialty building materials in the Southeast, Mid-Atlantic and Northeast
Sector: Basic Industries
Deal Type: Buyout
Status: Current

Industry Advisory Group

The above companies do not represent all of the investments in MDP’s complete portfolio and have been selected using objective, non-performance-based criteria. You should not assume that the investments listed were, or will be, profitable. Please note that the members of the Advisory Roundtable are not employees, officers or affiliates of MDP.