Brown Gibbons Lang & Company (BGL) is pleased to announce the sale of Federal Steel Supply (FSS), a leading distributor of industrial products including pipes, fittings, flanges, and valves, and portfolio company of lower-middle market private equity firm V&A Capital. FSS was acquired by Westbridge Capital Ltd., a Canada-based private management company.
BGL’s Metals & Metals Processing investment banking team served as the exclusive financial advisor to FSS in the transaction.
Federal Steel Supply was founded in St. Louis, MO in 1979 by three co-founders looking to provide industrial markets with hard-to-find heavy wall pipes and value-added services. In 2019, the company was acquired by V&A Capital, which supported the growth of FSS by executing the add-on acquisition of Process Piping Materials in 2021, building the company’s product offerings, and expanding its geographic footprint. FSS now has distribution facilities in Missouri, Texas (two locations), Louisiana, and New Mexico to support its customers nationwide.
The company serves a strong and loyal customer base in growing and diverse end markets such as industrial fabrication, food & beverage, midstream oil & gas, power generation, and construction. FSS has established direct relationships with a global network of mills, enabling it to source high quality and difficult-to-get products with a short turnaround time.
FSS CEO Scott Harris said, “I appreciate the support and dedication of the V&A Capital team in helping further the growth of Federal Steel Supply. They have been a great partner to work with and have taken great care assisting us in finding a capable and respected partner in Westbridge Capital to continue executing our plans for growth.”
BGL’s Metals & Metals Processing team, led by Vince Pappalardo, has deep sector knowledge and extensive Metals M&A transactions experience within major subsectors of the broader metals industry, representing both ferrous and nonferrous metals businesses. Coverage includes service centers, mills and foundries, manufacturing, and recycling.