History

The Graham Group is an alliance of independent operating businesses and investment firms which share in the legacy of entrepreneur Don Graham, an engineer who built and ran several global manufacturing businesses commencing from a modest start in a farmhouse basement in central Pennsylvania.

At age 27, with two engineering degrees in hand, some experience working as an engineer for the U.S. Army and in the industrial sector, Don founded a design engineering firm in a farmhouse basement in York, Pennsylvania. That was 1960.

 

From this farmhouse basement operation emerged three advanced manufacturing and industrial technology businesses run by Don which today generate several billion dollars in annual revenue, producing plastics packaging, materials processing equipment/technology, and building products.

Don built these businesses without ever bringing in outside equity and funded their growth through internally-generated cash flow.

In more recent years, The Graham Group has grown to include five independent investment businesses which collectively manage several billion dollars in private capital, and at any moment in time own controlling interests dozens of operating businesses spanning industries which range from industrial technologies to advanced manufacturing to software development, education and sports.

Graham Group
Investment Concerns:

Graham's Legacy Industrial Concerns:

Note: Graham Packaging is 100 percent owned by Reynolds Group Holdings, Ltd.

Portfolio Focus

While GSD works closely with management, the firm does not issue announcements (press releases / social media) regarding investment activities or portfolio company developments.

 

GSD takes a "P&G Approach" and believes that each portfolio investment should operate as an independent entity.

 

GSD has particular interest in investing in niche portions of the following markets:

 

  • Education Technology

  • Data Aggregation & Analysis Businesses & Technology

  • Sports Technology & Apps

  • Autonomous Vehicle Technology (drones, et al)

Philosophy

GSD invests private, family capital and is focused on growing, profitable technology companies.  GSD does not operate a fund model and is not driven by fund raising cycles for capital or exits.  Simply put, GSD is seeking to build businesses, profits and cash flow over "exits," losses and fund raising vehicles.

 

GSD seeks to invest $250k - $15 million per investment with an emphasis on majority investments in which the seller makes a significant “roll over” investment.  Larger direct equity investments can be considered via partnership with other members of The Graham Group.

 

GSD seeks companies generating EBITDA between $100k - $3 million.