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“We are here to invest in companies that we believe can succeed, companies with both management teams and purposes that we can wholeheartedly embrace, companies that will be fun to work with as we build, and companies of which we will be justly proud when we succeed.”

John Hay Whitney, Founder
February 1946

A Rich History of Investing

Partnering with Consumer, Healthcare, and Specialty Manufacturing Businesses Since 1946



Consumer Products, Brands, and Packaging



Healthcare Services, Products, and Distribution

Specialty Manufacturing

Specialty Manufacturing

Niche Manufacturing and Specialty Services

About Us

J.H. Whitney, established in 1946 by the industrialist and philanthropist, John Hay “Jock” Whitney, was one of the first U.S. private equity firms and is often credited with pioneering the development of the private equity industry. Today, J.H. Whitney is a leader in the private equity industry, having invested in over 400 companies since formation and currently manages approximately $1.0 billion in private capital. J.H. Whitney remains privately owned by its investing professionals and our main activity is to provide private equity capital to small and middle market companies with strong growth prospects in a number of industries including consumer, healthcare, specialty manufacturing, and business services.  We are currently investing from our seventh private equity fund whose investors include leading foundations, universities, pension funds and other institutions.


Founded as one of the country’s first private equity firms in 1946 by John Hay “Jock” Whitney, J.H. Whitney was formed with the objective of providing capital and professional assistance to entrepreneurs growing companies and reshaping industries. J.H. Whitney's rich history of success in small and middle market investing began with the nation’s first post-World War II leveraged buyout, Spencer Chemicals, by converting a munitions plant into a fertilizer facility. Shortly thereafter, J.H. Whitney introduced the world to Minute Maid Orange Juice, a product in part developed in the kitchen of J.H. Whitney’s original Rockefeller Center, New York offices.

With his personal investment of $5 million in 1946 to capitalize J.H. Whitney, Jock Whitney set the stage for a significant change in American capitalism. Our firm honors Jock’s legacy today by continuing his vision of providing capital and assistance to companies with the potential to achieve sustained superior performance.

The Firm’s early success in the 1940s with private equity investing led other prominent families to fund private equity activities in the ensuing years. Over the succeeding several decades, new and existing private equity firms received significant amounts of investment capital from leading foundations, universities and institutions. J.H. Whitney pursued a similar model in 1990 when we raised our first private partnership apart from the Whitney family. Today, J.H. Whitney is investing its seventh outside private equity fund and continues to attract its capital from leading foundations, universities, pension funds and other institutions.

J.H. Whitney's Focus and Market Niche:​

We invest principally in small and middle market buyouts and recapitalizations of growth-oriented companies based in the U.S.  This investment focus has guided our activities for decades, and we believe our dedication to this market niche enhances our ability to generate superior risk-adjusted returns for our investors. 

We are guided by the parameters outlined below. 

  • Target Company Revenue:          $50 million to $500 million

  • Target Transaction Size:              $50 million to $500 million

  • Target Equity Investment:           $25 million to $200 million

As we pursue investment opportunities, we may discover attractive companies that are either above or below one or more of the ranges listed above.  For example, many attractive, growth-oriented companies are under $50 million in revenue, but their strong cash flows, profit margins and growth prospects typically lead to transaction sizes and equity investments for J.H. Whitney within the ranges shown above. 

Investment Model:

We seek companies that have attractive long term growth and profitability characteristics.  Educated by the successes and challenges of our prior investments, we have established several important practices that have enabled us to consistently generate top quartile returns for our investors.

  • We use debt capital to enhance but not drive our investment returns. We are focused on long-term equity value creation through growth of cash flow instead of financial engineering. This approach ensures that our companies have ample financial and operating flexibility to pursue growth opportunities and, thereby, sustainable equity value creation.

  • We believe that equity value is built through active post-investment leadership.  Though we are highly involved investors and board members at each of our companies, we are not operators.  We believe we can be most effective as investors when we have the ability to provide leadership to our companies through board representation and close working relationships with our management teams.  

  • We dedicate substantial resources to every investment.  Our prudent investment pace and relatively small portfolio ensures careful oversight and proper checks and balances throughout our investment cycle.  

Current & Certain Former Portfolio Companies

3B Scientific logo

3B Scientific manufactures and distributes healthcare related anatomical and biological teaching aids. 3B Scientific is no longer a portfolio company of J.H. Whitney

Aarrowcast logo

Aarrowcast manufacturers ductile and austempered ductile iron castings. Aarrowcast is no longer a portfolio company of J.H. Whitney.

Accupac logo

Accupac provides contract manufacturing services for Consumer Packaged Goods companies. Accupac is no longer a portfolio company of J.H. Whitney

Alphia logo

Alphia, formerly known as CJ Foods provides custom manufacturing services to super-premium pet food brands. Alphia is no longer a portfolio company of J.H. Whitney.

Autosplice logo

Autosplice manufactures specialty connectors for industrial and automotive OEMs. Autosplice is no longer a portfolio company of J.H. Whitney.

Aveanna logo

Aveanna provides pediatric home healthcare services.

CABI logo

Cabi provides direct sales marketing of designer women’s apparel. Cabi is no longer a portfolio company of J.H. Whitney.

Caris logo

Caris provides anatomic pathology, molecular profiling, pharmaceutical services and research and development.

Confluence logo

Confluence designs, manufactures, and markets kayaks, canoes, and paddlesports accessories. Confluence is no longer a portfolio company of J.H. Whitney.

Cooley Group logo

Cooley Group designs, engineers and manufactures polymer-based industrial textile solutions for a diverse set of OEM fabricators

CPG International logo

CPG International provides building products in the residential, commercial, and industrial markets. CPG is no longer a portfolio company of J.H. Whitney.

Encanto logo

Encanto is Puerto Rico’s largest franchisee of the Kentucky Fried Chicken, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut brands. Encanto is no longer a portfolio company of J.H. Whitney.

Firebirds logo

Firebirds Wood Fired Grill is an American polished-casual restaurant group.

FNF Construction logo

FNF provides heavy-civil construction and infrastructure services in the southwest U.S. FNF is no longer a portfolio company of J.H. Whitney

Igloo logo

Igloo manufacturers insulated coolers and leisure consumer products. Igloo is no longer a portfolio company of J.H. Whitney.

Precision for Medicine logo

Precision for Medicine provides specialty pharmaceutical services. Precision for Medicine is no longer a portfolio company of J.H. Whitney.

Pure Fishing Logo

Pure Fishing manufactures and markets fishing equipment. Pure Fishing is no longer a portfolio company of J.H. Whitney.

RBC Bearings Logo

RBC Bearings manufactures and markets highly engineered precision plain, roller and ball bearings. RBC is no longer a portfolio company of J.H. Whitney.

Southern Aluminum logo

Manufacturer of furniture and accessories for the hospitality and convention center industries. Southern Aluminum is no longer a portfolio company of J.H. Whitney.

Stevens Logo

Stevens provides precision parts and sub-assemblies to the commercial and military rotor-craft markets. Stevens is no longer a portfolio company of J.H. Whitney.

Tidi Logo

TIDI manufactures single use infection control products. TIDI is no longer a portfolio company of J.H. Whitney.

United BioSource Corporation Logo

UBC develops and commercializes pharmaceutical products. UBC is no longer a portfolio company of J.H. Whitney.

Uncle Julio's logo

Uncle Julio's is a fast-casual Mexican restaurant group. Uncle Julio's is no longer a portfolio company of J.H. Whitney.


Global manufacturer,
sourcing and logistics fulfillment solution provider of telecom infrastructure components for wireless applications. WANHO is no longer a portfolio company of J.H. Whitney.

Wellman Logo

Wellman Plastics provides PET recycling services and fiber production. Wellman is no longer a portfolio company of J.H. Whitney.


For new investment opportunities please contact one of our investment professionals. For all other inquiries please contact us at our offices.

Phone: 203-716-6100



J.H. Whitney Capital Partners, LLC

212 Elm Street
New Canaan, Connecticut 06840


  1. Merritt Parkway (15) Exit 37

  2. Turn Left at the bottom of the off-ramp onto South Avenue, continue 2.0 miles.

  3. Turn Left onto Elm Street (one-way street), continue through the light past Park Street and the Train Station.

  4. 212 Elm Street is on the left side across from Stewart's Wine & Spirits Shop.

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Recent J.H. Whitney Updates

January 8, 2021

J.H. Whitney Acquires Cooley

January 22, 2020

J.H. Whitney Exits Accupac

January 20, 2020

3B Scientific Acquires iSimulate

July 17, 2019

3B Scientific Acquires Cardionics

January 8, 2019

J.H. Whitney Acquires Firebirds International

July 11, 2018

Premier Healthcare Services Acquired by Aveanna Healthcare

March 30, 2018

J.H. Whitney Acquires Southern Aluminum

December 21, 2017

J.H. Whitney partially exits Precision for Medicine

October 11, 2017

J.H. Whitney sells Uncle Julio's to L Catterton

September 18, 2017

J.H. Whitney takes a majority stake in Accupac

March 16, 2017

J.H. Whitney and Bain Capital create Aveanna Healthcare

January 26, 2017

J.H. Whitney Invests in 3B Scientific

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