Bluff Manufacturing

Management buyout
From 2012 to 2016

Learn about the company

Bluff Manufacturing manufacturers and sells heavy duty steel and aluminum dock boards and plates, portable yard ramps and other warehouse safety equipment to companies throughout North America. Bluff’s longstanding commitment to the highest quality and outstanding customer service has helped to sell its dock solutions products to companies both large and small, including Ford, FedEx, General Motors, Kraft and Exxon. Bluff was founded more than forty years ago and is based near Dallas/Fort Worth.

The Situation

Clark Smith grew Bluff Manufacturing from a small metal fabrication shop into a leading, branded manufacturer of heavy-duty material handling equipment. Hadley met Clark in 2011 when he was looking for a partner to help him acquire the business from an inactive ownership group.

There is more to the story


Clark was eager to gain an experienced partner to help him transition leadership of the business and to support his team’s growth strategy. Following t...



Andrea moved quickly, implementing numerous growth and improvement plans with Hadley’s support. Bluff added financial systems and staff, invested heavily in new marketin...



Bluff’s sales and profitability grew substantially during Hadley’s ownership and under Andrea’s leadership, and in 2016 we sold the business to Wincove Private Holdings, a larger private...


How We Can Help Your Small Company

Ownership Transition

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Management Succession

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Growth Support

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Opportunities Unlocked Through Partnership

Bluff Manufacturing

"Each Hadley partner was available and approachable for genuine dialogue but most importantly let me focus on running the business." - Andrea Curreri, President of Bluff Manufacturing