Riverside Paves Way for More Growth at AWP

Safety First Contracting is Sixth Add-On for Area Wide Protective

The Riverside Company has made another add-on to its Area Wide Protective (AWP) platform. Safety First Contracting marks AWP’s first Canadian and international addition.

Based in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Safety First provides outsourced traffic management solutions from eight facilities across Atlantic Canada. Much like AWP, its services are focused on traffic management for utilities, utility contractors and telecommunication companies, among other customer types. Safety First also provides traffic control equipment sales and safety training courses for its employees.

AWP provides temporary traffic management via more than 60 facilities across 20 states, employing more than 3,000 protectors. Since investing in AWP in 2015, Riverside has helped the company rapidly expand geographically and in capability through six add-on acquisitions.

“Safety First serves a similar client base to AWP,” said Riverside Managing Partner Suzy Kriscunas. “More than just a good strategic fit, Safety First is a great company with a strong history of meeting the needs of an array of clients across Atlantic Canada.”

The addition of a Canadian company continues a strategy of geographic expansion for AWP, said Riverside Principal Ryan Richards.

“AWP now covers most of the Atlantic coast and offers services in 20 states and Canada,” said Richards. “We are excited about continuing to build this exceptional company that provides services that protect lives.”

Working with Kriscunas and Richards on the transaction for Riverside were Operating Partner Tom Anderson, Senior Associate Connor Danielowski, and Associate Ming Yau. Riverside Partner Anne Hayes helped secure financing for the firm. Regional Director Cheryl Strom and Principal Jim Butterfield sourced the deal for Riverside.

AWP is supported by the bank group consisting of Antares Capital, Madison Capital, MidCap Financial, NewStar Financial, Ares Capital Management, Churchill Asset Management, Siemens Financial, and Ally Financial. Kirkland & Ellis advised Riverside on the transaction.

Muellerholly Nov2023 BKG 300X450 Holly Mueller* Consultant, Global Marketing and Communications Cleveland +1 216 535 2236 * independent contractor and not an employee of the Riverside Company

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