The Frontenac Company is a Chicago-based private equity firm founded in 1971.
The firm manages over $1 billion in investor capital with a focus on investments in the business-to-business services, information technology services, and communications services sectors. The Frontenac Company typically invests $15–75 million in management buyouts and expansion capital investments.
The firm was originally backed by the Laird Norton Company, a large family enterprise operating in the Western United States. The firm was named for the Frontenac,a paddle steamer that transported logs up and down the Mississippi River, which in turn was named for Louis de Buade de Frontenac, the Governor of New France in the central part of the US.
Current and prior investments have included DeVry University, DVC Worldwide, Levy Restaurants, Rasmussen College and Steris (NYSE: STE).
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