Over the five years that the Riverside Co. owned utility services provider Area Wide Protective, the private equity firm worked closely with management to execute an aggressive growth plan that included 11 strategic acquisitions. Under Riverside’s ownership, AWP grew from 2,000 employees to 5,000 and tripled its number of facilities. In December, Kohlberg & Co. bought the company, with partner Benjamin Mao saying: AWP has “established itself as the leading traffic control platform in North America. Paired with Kohlberg’s utility services background, we believe AWP is well-positioned to accelerate growth and to bolster a national footprint.”