Bluff Manufacturing is a leading provider of steel and aluminum boards and plates, portable yard ramps, and 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 40 years ago and is based in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.
Clark Smith grew Bluff Manufacturing from a small metal fabrication shop intoa leading, branded manufacturer of material handling equipment. Hadley Capital was introduced to Clark in 2011 when he was looking for a partner to help him acquire the business from an inactive ownership group. Clark was also eager to gain an experienced partner to help him transition leadership of the business and to support the team’s growth strategy. Hadley Capital, Clark and members of Bluff’s management team acquired the business and went to work.
Following the acquisition, Andrea Curreri, formerly Vice President, was promoted to President. Clark continued to serve as a mentor and board member. Andrea moved quickly, implementing a number of growth and improvement plans with Hadley’s support.
Bluff Manufacturing grew rapidly under Andrea’s leadership and was sold in 2016 to a larger private equity firm.
Each Hadley partner was available and approachable for genuine dialogue but most importantly let me focus on running the business.