Our goal is to help good companies 

become great enterprises


Valley Ridge Investment Partners 

is a private equity firm focused on making control investments in privately held, lower middle market companies

We seek opportunities to build good companies into great enterprises

  • Focused on creating customer, stakeholder and investor value in everything we do

  • Build for the long term success of the business, employees and end customers

  • Cognizant of local, regional and societal impacts

  • Believe in doing well by doing good


Investor Partnership

We craft successful investing partnerships

  • Seek investors with relevant expertise to contribute

  • Enable active and passive investor involvement

  • Review growth objectives, goals and rewards

  • Provide transparent progress reporting

  • Develop frank, honest assessment of performance to plans

  • Agree on next phase of growth and resource appropriately

  • Provide bespoke exit opportunities as investor needs evolve

Management Partnership

We provide a flexible, owner orientation

  • Partner with visionary founders and management teams

  • Provide flexible owner succession planning

  • Include owner in replacement recruiting process

  • Extend owner's legacy into the future

  • Offer stretch assignments and expanded responsibility

  • Implement team-based incentive structures

  • Augment existing team with expert functional hires

  • Build support capability to enable significant growth

  • Participate as actively engaged board members, not company operators

Investing Approach

We search for:

unique situations and

untapped growth opportunities

to build market leading companies

on the foundations established

by visionary entrepreneurs


Target Investment Characteristics

  • Stable businesses with attractive growth prospects in large, diverse markets

  • Track record of revenue and profit growth across market cycles

  • Differentiated products, services or execution capability

  • Demonstrated expertise that provides competitive advantage

  • Underserved, fragmented markets with limited direct competition

  • Patented technology or regulatory protections

  • Organic growth and inorganic acquisition potential

  • Control investments supported by detailed growth plans

We focus on four industrial sectors

Technology Enabled Manufacturing

Production that embeds technology in products or is enabled by technology that creates competitive advantage

Branded Industrial Products

Products typically sold to industrial or commercial customers where brand equity offers tangible market value

Business to Business Services

Commercial services involving the installation, service, repair and replacement of critical infrastructure or capabilities


AddeD Distribution

Raw materials processing, sub-assembly, semi-finished and finished goods processing, packaging and distribution

Target Investment Criteria

  • $20M+ revenue

  • $5M+ EBITDA

  • $25-100M TEV

  • 10% EBITDA margins

  • Substantial organic growth potential

  • Bolt-on acquisition opportunities

Our Team


The principals of Valley Ridge Investment Partners have have more than 40 years of combined strategy implementation, operations management, corporate finance and transaction execution experience in organizations from small start-ups to multinational corporations in the U.S. and abroad.

John Sheffield


Founder, Managing Director

John has extensive financial, strategic and operational experience from a small entrepreneurial start-up, to a small publicly traded manufacturer of medical supplies to a large private equity-backed highly specialized manufacturer of metal medical implants.  Additionally, he has significant experience in acquiring and integrating companies as an external advisor and senior corporate executive. In addition to his nearly 20 years of M&A investment banking advisory experience, he has been a public company CFO, a private equity backed CFO and the head of corporate development for a portfolio company of one of the world’s largest private equity firms.  He is also a limited partner investor in another successful private investment fund. John earned his CPA, a BBA in Accounting from Southern Methodist University, a Masters of Management from EM Lyon (France) and a MBA in Finance from the University of Texas.

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Mark Tedford

Founder, Managing Director

Mark Tedford has a diverse background of growth strategy implementation and operations improvement experience across small, middle and large market companies. Early in his career, Mark led operations and performance improvement consulting engagements for small and middle market industrial manufacturers.  He developed extensive experience streamlining supply chains and expanding distribution channels. Mark spent the last 18 years developing growth strategies and leading implementation initiatives for national and global corporations. He has been a principal investor for years and has experience serving on and leading various governing boards.  Mark earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Tufts, while on a Navy ROTC scholarship at MIT and an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. He served two tours as an officer in the Navy on Marine bases in Japan and Quantico, Virginia.

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Our Portfolio

...And then there were two

National Power provides efficiently managed power and network infrastructure solutions for the telecommunications, cable, wireless and broadband industries and other businesses and institutions of all sizes. Whatever your power needs, National Power will customize and implement a back-up solution, from installation to parts and routine service, to keep your business running with Smarter, Nonstop Power. For more information, please visit www.natpow.com.

ALCOM is the nation’s leading manufacturer of premium open and enclosed aluminum trailers for industrial, commercial, and recreational hauling purposes.  The Company manufacturers 20,000+ trailers per year under nine brand names from three facilities.  When you need to transport important cargo, ALCOM has an innovative solution to meet your needs, available from over 650 dealers nationwide.  For more information, please visit: www.alcomusa.com


Contact Us

Valley Ridge Investment Partners

72 Valley Road

New Canaan, Connecticut 06840


A short train ride from New York City