March 1, 2021


Export, Pennsylvania, March 1, 2021 – SSE International, Inc. (“SSE”), a Hidden Harbor Capital Partners portfolio company and the parent company of KT-Grant, LLC (“KTG”), the leading provider of refractory tear-out and maintenance services, today announced the purchase of LVR, Inc. (“LVR”), expanding the platform’s geographic footprint and further diversifying into underpenetrated end markets and adjacent service capabilities.


Based in Northampton, Pennsylvania and with additional facilities in Syracuse, New York and Oxford, Massachusetts, LVR is a leading provider of refractory installation services and materials sales.  LVR provides SSE with a stronger presence in the Northeast and allows the business to better serve customers in the cement and lime, power generation, aluminum, and heat treating end markets.

“The acquisition of LVR enables us to meaningfully expand our reach geographically and broaden our service offering across the value chain,” said John Caple, Managing Partner at Hidden Harbor.  “Adding LVR to the SSE platform allows us to grow refractory services while expanding our capabilities to the installation segment of the market.

“We are very excited about this new partnership to help our business reach the next stage of its growth,” said Gary Peterson, President of LVR.  “With the resources and expertise that this partnership will provide us, we believe that we are well-positioned to continue expanding on our market-leadership position and better serve our customers.”

SSE was formed as a standalone company after the acquisition of KTG by Hidden Harbor Capital Partners in October 2019.  SSE’s acquisition of LVR closed on March 1st, 2021.


About SSE International, Inc.

SSE International is a parent holding company that seeks to create value through owning and supporting operating companies focused on providing specialty services and equipment.  SSE International, Inc. is the parent holding company of KT-Grant, LLC and LVR, Inc.


About KT-Grant, LLC

KT-Grant is the industry leader in providing turnkey refractory, slag, and scale removal services in confined, high-risk environments.  KT-Grant’s substantial service fleet is comprised of over 500 pieces of specialty equipment, designed by KT-Grant engineers and purpose-built in its Export, PA manufacturing facility.  KT-Grant’s equipment and expert operators are utilized in a wide variety of industries and applications, from civil demolition to cement and lime kilns to ferrous and non-ferrous metal production facilities.  KT-Grant provides 24/7/365 service from five branch locations which are strategically located to respond to critical customer outages, facilitate efficient and safe process equipment turnaround, and positively impact your bottom line via increased process equipment availability.  For more information, visit  SSE International, Inc. is the parent holding company of KT-Grant, LLC.

About LVR, Inc.

LVR is a leading provider of refractory design and installation services.  Operating out of its headquarters in Northampton, PA and with additional facilities across the Northeast, the company is able to serve businesses in a wide range of end markets, including minerals processing, power generation, metal processing, and general industrials.  LVR has more than 40 years of experience in refractories and has a reputation for quality and safety.  For more information, visit  SSE International, Inc. is the parent holding company of LVR, Inc.

About Hidden Harbor Capital Partners

Hidden Harbor Capital Partners is a private equity firm with an operations soul and intense passion for building great companies. Hidden Harbor brings large-scale, private equity experience and resources to the lower middle market with a focus on value-oriented, operationally intense situations. Our principals are InvestorOperators® who bring both extensive transaction and operating experience to truly understand your business. As one team, we partner and work with our portfolio companies to drive business successes. For more information, visit



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