Based in Evanston, Illinois, IOP was founded in 2005 by a group of like-minded finance and operations executives who came together to build a private equity firm centered on a shared passion for the companies that are the backbone of our economy — middle-market manufacturing and distribution businesses.
We use a collaborative model for investing in and working with these companies to create value for all constituencies — employees, communities, customers, suppliers and investors.
Within IOP, we bring together experienced investing professionals with our exclusive and full-time Operating Principals. We utilize the Operating Principals to partner with management at each platform company to create value throughout our investment period — from investment diligence and strategic planning to operational execution and realization.
To date, IOP has raised over $900M in committed capital from a base of institutional investors including endowments, pension funds and foundations. We have invested in 20+ platform companies over our history.