Hunt Valve is a case where May River leveraged its core expertise and Executive Resource Group (ERG) to add immediate value.
Hunt Valve is a long-standing manufacturer of mission critical valves and actuators used in the Navy’s highest-priority submarines, aircraft carriers, surface combatant vessels, and other platforms. The company has a location in Virginia that manufactures proprietary electro-mechanical actuators, as well as locations in Montreal and Ohio that manufacture valves for the prime shipbuilders and the U.S. and Canadian Navies.
At the time of the acquisition in late 2015, the U.S. Navy was preparing for what is still expected to be nearly a two-decade-long ramp up in new submarine production. These new submarines would replace the aging Cold War-era fleet that will be forced into decommissioning over the coming years. As one of only a handful of qualified providers of critical valves to the submarine and aircraft carrier programs, Hunt stood to benefit significantly from the upcoming new ship procurement cycle.