VSS Capital Partners, a private investment firm focused on healthcare, information, business services and education industries, has partnered with The HFW Companies. HFW is a newly formed platform and partnership focused on investing in architecture, engineering and construction services.

HFW, led by an executive team of Mike Hein, COO Matt Westphal, and CFO Dan Forguson, are interested in executing a buy-and-build strategy with AEC firms within its fragmented industry. HFW will serve as a partner to any AEC firm that joins its platform in order to ensure successful continuity and operational independence. The firm’s first member firm is Miller Legg, a multi-disciplinary engineering and consulting firm.

“We are very impressed by the experienced leadership team of HFW, who brings deep strategic insight, business acumen and decades of operational experience, coupled with a powerful business model that is simple, innovative and non-disruptive,” said Jeffrey Stevenson, managing partner of VSS.

Crewe Capital, LLC served as financial advisor to HFW.