Millbrook Capital Management Inc. serves as the family office of John S. Dyson and was established by Mr. Dyson in 1981 to manage his personal funds and those of his family trusts. MCM does so by actively managing both private equity and publicly traded investments.
Since its inception, MCM has focused on the business of investing in middle-market companies and has acquired or invested in over forty companies in manufacturing, business services, healthcare, distribution, publishing, broadcasting, real estate, agricultural and the wine industries with an average annual return in excess of 35% on its realized investments. MCM’s investment capital for private equity is provided by the Dyson family and MCM executives.
Among its investment activities, MCM built and operated Key Components, a highly successful niche manufacturing company, which was formed through 10 acquisitions from 1992 through 2004 (including two public companies) valued at over $315mm at exit. In building Key Components, MCM created significant value by consolidating industry competitors, expanding into new platforms, streamlining corporate costs, rapidly monetizing money losing business units, moving production to low cost geographies and creating financing and operating scale before selling the platform to Actuant Corporation (NYSE: ATU) in 2004.
MCM also has a substantial presence in the wine industry with control investments in Williams Selyem Winery in the Russian River Region in California, Millbrook Vineyards and Winery in the Hudson River Region in New York, and Villa Pillo Vineyards and Winery in Tuscany, Italy. In addition, Vista Verde Vineyard located on California’s Central Coast, primarily produces grapes for larger wineries in California.