"Frontenac supports its companies in a wide range of ways: crafting strategy, providing a capital commitment, and engaging operationally to solve problems. Their ability to process information and respond quickly, while remaining process oriented, stands out among private equity firms."

Charley Hale

MCE, EFC International

CEO1ST Partner

Charley Hale serves as CEO of MCE and board member at EFC International. He previously served as Chairman of Liquid Technologies under Frontenac's ownership. Prior to his work with Frontenac, Charley served as CEO and CFO of FCX Performance, an industrial products distributor, which he helped grow from $20mm to $350mm in annual sales under several ownership groups.

Company Overview

MCE is an industrial distributor of branded motion and control systems specializing in connectors, hydraulics and pneumatics.


EFC International is a global, value-added distributor of highly engineered fasteners and specialty components. The company offers engineering support, sales and marketing, distribution, and high-touch service to customers in automotive, industrial, and other technical end markets.


One South Wacker
Suite 2980
Chicago, IL 60606
Tel: 312.368.0044

Frontenac Company

We invest in high quality companies, primarily in the food, industrial and services industries. We work with business owners, almost always families, founders or entrepreneurs, as they address complex transition issues of liquidity, management enhancement and growth planning.

Copyright © 2022 Frontenac Company. All rights reserved.

Frontenac Company