CW Industrial Partners


Investment Partner Welcomed to CW Industrials (CWI)

Cleveland, Ohio June 26, 2024 – We are pleased to announce the recent addition of Ryan Richards as a Partner on our investment team. His primary responsibilities include identifying and evaluating new investment opportunities and partnering with the senior leadership teams across our portfolio to drive strategic growth initiatives. In this role, Mr. Richards will work closely with our experienced Operating Partners and leverage the deep sector expertise of the CWI Industry Advisor Network.

Mr. Richards has over 15 years of lower-middle market private equity experience. Prior to joining CW Industrial Partners, he was a Partner at Walnut Ridge, a Cleveland-based single-family office, where he led the organization’s direct investing activities. Prior to Walnut Ridge, Mr. Richards was a Partner at The Riverside Company and was a leader in the firm’s Specialty Manufacturing specialization.  Mr. Richards started his career in M&A investment banking at Lincoln International and worked in Strategy & Corporate Development at PepsiCo.

Managing Partner, Todd Martin commented: “Ryan’s reputation as a high integrity and hard-working team player makes him a perfect fit for the CWI team.  He is also an experienced investment professional with a demonstrated track record of success investing across our core industrial sectors.  We’re thrilled to bring his outstanding character, extensive experience and leadership to the CWI team.  We’re confident that he’ll play an integral role as we continue to grow our platform and deliver outstanding results for our investors.”

Mr. Richards received a Master of Business Administration from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Wake Forest University where he graduated summa cum laude.

About CW Industrial Partners

CW Industrial Partners is an industrial focused private equity firm with over $210 million of AUM. Based in Cleveland, OH, CWI acquires lower-middle market companies in manufacturing and industrial service sectors and provides capital, support, and freedom to grow. The firm has made over 40 buyout investments since it was founded in 1999.  CWI’s investors are primarily successful entrepreneurs and executives who contribute to the evaluation and investment process.  For more information, visit

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