Case | HBS Case Collection | December 2002 (Revised February 2015)

Jim Sharpe: Extrusion Technology, Inc. (Abridged)

by H. Kent Bowen and Barbara Feinberg


Jim Sharpe, 10 years after receiving his MBA from Harvard and working for others, has finally become his own boss and 100% owner of manufacturer of aluminum extrusions. After 10 months of an unfunded search, he acquires the business in an LBO and prepares to face his employees on the first day.

Keywords: Search Funds; search; entrepreneurial management; entrepreneurship; operations strategy; Acquisitions; work/family balance; work-life balance; Unions; union; turnarounds; funding model; LBO; bank debt; Bank loans; Equity Investment; career management; negotiation; Small Business; Work-Life Balance; Negotiation; Operations; Labor Unions; Investment; Entrepreneurship; Financing and Loans; Borrowing and Debt; Business Strategy; Manufacturing Industry;


Bowen, H. Kent, and Barbara Feinberg. "Jim Sharpe: Extrusion Technology, Inc. (Abridged) ." Harvard Business School Case 603-084, December 2002. (Revised February 2015.)