CIG seeks to build a strong and growing group of operating companies which are led by world-class executives. Our investments have largely focused on businesses in the information services, technology, and education industry broadly defined. Generally, our investments either support an existing business or launch a new platform.

Our primary goal is to expand and grow existing operating companies through strategic acquisitions. CIG concentrates on businesses of any size, location, and technology structure that can leverage our existing platforms. We have a long history of growing our operating companies through acquisitions, and a proven ability to integrate companies successfully.

Outside of our core businesses, CIG continues to explore new opportunities. We are looking for businesses in which we can partner with strong management teams and leverage CIG's strategic and financial resources. Generally, our team has experience in management buyouts, turnaround situations and venture oriented investments. We look for situations in which we can apply our team's expertise and the companies' resources to help businesses grow.

Information Services Portfolio

A global leader in serving researchers and libraries worldwide, with a 70-year track record of providing "must-have" content & research solutions that connect people and information. ProQuest operates a diversified portfolio of complementary businesses offering content & worfklow solutions, e-books, and other support services for the global research community.   » Visit Website
The world's leading provider of bibliographic information management solutions, Bowker is dedicated to help publishers, booksellers, and libraries better serve their customers. The company is focused on developing various tools and products that make books easier for people to discover, evaluate, order, and experience.   » Visit Website
NYT EDUcation provides innovative courses and programs covering a wide range of subjects, including communications and media, from pre-College through higher education, based on curricula that reflect the authoritative content and intellectual range of The New York Times.   » Visit Website
Sotheby's Institute of Art is an institution of higher education devoted to the study of art and its markets with campuses in London (UK), New York City and Los Angeles (USA). The Institute offers accredited Master's degrees as well as a range of postgraduate certificates, summer, semester and online courses, public programs and executive education.   » Visit Website
Bach to Rock is a system of music schools based on innovative teaching methods and the belief that learning music should be fun. B2R also offers franchise opportunities to support its fast growth.   » Visit Website

Investments

Founded over 93 years ago, Hammond's is the oldest and the largest producer of premier handmade candy canes in the United States. Hammond's also produces sugar candy, chocolate, caramel and marshmallow confections. In 2010, Hammond's acquired McCraw's Candies, a 100 year old taffy company. In 2012 Hammond's acquired Old Dominion Peanut, a company founded over 100 years ago and currently the largest manufacturer and marketer of branded brittle and peanut candy in the United States.  » Visit Website
Blucora operates a portfolio of leading Internet businesses. Blucora's InfoSpace division provides online search and monetization solutions to a network of more than 100 partners. Through TaxACT, the Company provides online tax preparation solutions to consumers and professional preparers. Blucora's Monoprice business is a rapidly-growing online provider of self-branded consumer electronics and accessories.   » Visit Website
Newsela delivers written news to readers in K-12 classrooms, presenting versions of each article that are tailored to be comprehensible but challenging to students at different reading levels. Newsela's platform is free to use, but a premium, paid version lets teachers more carefully assess, in real-time, how students are progressing with a given reading assignment.   » Visit Website
The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders are a professional minor league baseball team based in Moosic, Pennsylvania in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area. The team plays in Northern Division of International League and they are the Triple-A affiliate of the New York Yankees Major League Baseball club.   » Visit Website

Historical Investments

A global provider of navigation data and flight operations solutions to the aviation industry, Navtech is one of only three companies with a comprehensive aviation charts portfolio and navigation data product. It provides mission-critical tools that increase operational efficiency, improve safety, ensure regulatory compliance and reduce costs for commercial airlines and other aviation customers.   » Visit Website
MetaMetrics© is focused on improving education for learners of all ages. The Company develops scientific measures of academic achievement and complementary technologies that link assessment results with real-world instruction. MetaMetrics has been recognized worldwide for its distinct value in differentiating instruction and personalizing learning.   » Visit Website