Utility locator U.S. Infrastructure Corp. buys Nebraska company

August 6, 2011

U.S. Infrastructure Corp. has extended its market to 29 states, having added 10 states through the purchase of Nebraska-based Consolidated Utility Services.

Indianapolis-based USIC is majority-owned by OMERS Private Equity, which manages investments of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System. The fund invested with USIC management to buy CUS for an undisclosed price.

GE Capital and BNP Paribas Securities Corp. underwrote a $250 million senior secured credit facility to support the deal and provide additional working capital.

USIC was formed nearly four years ago by Michael B. Stayton, who also serves as board president of the Indianapolis Airport Authority.

In 2008, Stayton and other investors, including New York private equity firm Kohlberg & Co., paid $85 million to buy SM&P Utility Resources from St. Louis gas utility company Laclede Group Inc. They also bought Philadelphia-based Central Locating Service Ltd. and Asplundh Tree Experts Co., which clears tree limbs from utility lines.

USIC, which recently moved from Carmel to 9045 River Road, now has more than 4,300 technicians and 700 utility customers.

Stayton will remain president and chief executive of the enlarged USIC. Stayton previously was CEO of SM&P in the 1990s, when it was owned by IWC Resources, the former publicly traded parent of Indianapolis Water.


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