Potential Briggs & Stratton private equity buyer has history of investment

The Briggs & Stratton Burleigh plant

Michael Nikolai was vice president of operations for Waupaca Foundry when the company was acquired by New York-based private equity firm KPS Capital Partners in 2012. “The biggest thing KPS did for us was they started reinvesting in us,” said Nikolai, now president, chief operating and chief executive officer of Waupaca Foundry. Waupaca’s business had

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Arthur covers banking and finance and the economy at BizTimes while also leading special projects as an associate editor. He also spent five years covering manufacturing at BizTimes. He previously was managing editor at The Waukesha Freeman. He is a graduate of Carroll University and did graduate coursework at Marquette. A native of southeastern Wisconsin, he is also a nationally certified gymnastics judge and enjoys golf on the weekends.

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