Tonka Bay Acquires Checkers Industrial Products

Minnetonka, Minn. – Tonka Bay Equity Partners (“Tonka Bay”) today announced the acquisition of Checkers Industrial Products, LLC (“Checkers”).  Tonka Bay joined with current management, including CEO Steve Henry, to acquire the company and to provide capital for growth.  Checkers is Tonka Bay’s eleventh platform company in their current fund.

The company is headquartered in Broomfield, Colorado and manufactures and distributes a variety of branded safety products including cable protection equipment, wheel chocks, and flagstaffs for the industrial, mining, aviation, military, construction, and entertainment markets.  The company has developed products that meet and exceed safety standards and has a leading position in its respective end markets.  The company’s website can be found at

Shane Slominski, Tonka Bay Director and Checkers board member, stated, “We are excited to partner with the management team of Checkers.  They have a long history of developing a wide array of niche branded safety products.  We believe that the company is well-positioned to take advantage of several growth opportunities, including strategic tuck-in acquisitions, adding new distribution partners, expanding product lines into other safety categories and further international exposure.”

Steve Henry, CEO of Checkers, stated, “We see a great opportunity to continue to grow our business by enhancing our product offerings to our customers.  We are excited about our partnership with Tonka Bay, as their experience and resources will help execute our shared vision of growth.”

About Tonka Bay Equity Partners

Based in Minnetonka, Minnesota, Tonka Bay Equity Partners is a private equity firm that acquires and invests in growth-oriented businesses in the highly-engineered manufacturing, business services and value-added distribution sectors. For more information, call (952) 345-2031 or visit

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