Deals for building products companies, which provide materials for construction, have built a lot of momentum in 2014, partially because of the high expectations of future growth, says Ridgemont Equity Partners partner Rob Edwards (pictured).

These companies are attracting high valuations and investor interest, and construction spending is also up, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Recent transactions in the space include Boston private equity firm Audax Group's purchase of Chase Industries, a door and related-products group, from New York PE firm Sentinel Capital Partners, and Spectrum Brands Holding Inc.'s (NYSE: SPB) acquisition of Tell Manufacturing Inc., which makes doors, locks and hardware.

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