Castle Creations Sells to Pivot International | O'Keeffe & O'Malley

Castle Creations Sells to Pivot International

Oct 25, 2019

Castle Creations, the leading aftermarket manufacturer of high-performance electronic speed controls and brushless direct current (DC) motors for radio-controlled (R/C) car, air and multirotor hobby applications and industrial unmanned aerial vehicles, was acquired by Pivot International.

Acquiring the Kansas City-based Castle Creations has given Pivot International the opportunity to enter the electronics speed control and brushless DC motor retail markets. 

Castle Creations holds 16 patents and has 22 years of innovation in brushless DC motor design and motor control algorithms, with a reputation for superior performance, configurability and quality. Beyond simply being an aftermarket parts provider for other brands, Castle Creations has become a widely-recognized and well-respected name in the industry. Additionally, the company’s strong reputation for creating high-quality, versatile products and providing unparalleled “make-it-right” customer support have earned it an ever-growing base of loyal customers.

Castle Creations’ leadership in the R/C hobby market has also created new opportunities for the company in commercial applications, including firefighting, helicopter aviation, cooling systems, fuel pumps, underwater propulsion systems, and more.

Combining Pivot International’s global presence with Castle Creations’ technical expertise is a win-win for both companies. It will enable Pivot to further expand their technical footprint, while also giving them a great product range to offer their clients.

The acquisition of Castle Creations marks Pivot International’s seventh acquired company in over three and a half years, and the fourth acquired company in the last two years. It’s also their biggest acquisition yet. 

This acquisition also continues Pivot International’s growth strategy of taking an aggressively calibrated approach to organic and acquired competencies, capacity, expertise and assets to help their customers meet their market and global clients’ needs most effectively. Additionally, this bold approach has served as the backbone for the massive growth they’ve experienced in the past few years.

Over the last five years, Pivot International has had an annual growth rate of 141%, and has increased the number of staff members from 136 to nearly 700. They also have facilities in 11 locations around the world.

Additionally, Pivot's approach ensures that they’re able to respond to any changes and new developments in the industry, like the imposition of China taxes and tariffs, with speed and agility by providing alternative options and solutions for their clients. They've also invested in surface mount technology in the U.S. and Asia, so that they can simultaneously manufacture products on two continents to optimize output and respond to challenges or opportunities.

With offices across the U.S., London, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Taiwan, Manila and Hong Kong, Pivot International is continuing to build a portfolio of talent and resources around the world, creating company-owned manufacturing operations that seamlessly support a global supply chain.

Pivot International President and CEO Mark Dohnalek said, “I am committed to ensuring that Pivot has the global capabilities to design and manufacture in the U.S., the U.K. and Asia, so that we can deliver the most efficient solution for our clients all over the world.”

For more information on Castle Creations, please visit their website.