Investment Criteria

Cornerstone seeks to acquire or invest in businesses in the following sectors:



  • Niche Manufacturing

  • Value-added Distribution and Logistics

  • Business Services


We look for the following business attributes:


Business Characteristics

  • Branded, proprietary products or differentiated technology/service

  • Large and growing end markets

  • Sustainable competitive advantages and market position

  • Long-standing customer relationships

  • Outstanding product/service quality

  • No prior institutional ownership

  • Customer and product diversification (< 20% of sales)


Business Size

  • Cash Flow up to $5 million



  • Majority or minority


Geographic Focus

​Cornerstone considers transactions in the Eastern half of the United States and Canada with a primary focus on:

  • Great Lakes Region  (MN, WI, IL, IN, MI, OH, NY, PA)

  • Southern Ontario


Transaction Types

  • ​​Business Acquisition

  • Recapitalizations

  • Growth Financings

  • Underperforming and/or Turnarounds


Avoided Situations

  • Start-ups or pre-revenue businesses


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