LongWater Opportunities was founded in 2009 by entrepreneurs Jordan Bastable and Brooks Burgum who had a vision to create a different kind of private equity firm – one that centers on mutually aligned interests and investing patient capital to build successful American manufacturing businesses. The founders successfully proved their concept over the next five years and have now replicated the model on a larger scale.

Today, LongWater is an operationally-focused private equity firm based in Dallas, TX with an office in Fargo, ND that targets control equity investments in family-owned and operated U.S. based manufacturing companies. We have a diverse team with a passion for building businesses and working collaboratively alongside our management team partners to solve problems and execute the Strategic Playbook established for each company. We believe in servant leadership, which means that we are here to serve our companies, not the other way around. We live this through our team of Functional Area Experts, who are highly experienced operational professionals solely dedicated to serving our portfolio companies. Our operational approach as well as commitment to invest in people, processes and technology at our companies is a proven formula for sustained success.

We are looking for companies and partners who share our passion, want more than capital in a partner and who see value in collaboration, alignment of interests and commitment to execute a shared vision.


Generate world-class risk-adjusted returns for our investors by building great American manufacturing businesses in a responsible way, and ensuring we leave a positive and lasting impact on our employees and communities.


Build a successful and sustainable firm through developing and mentoring our people, and giving them the resources and support to develop into confident, inspiring leaders.



  • Honesty and integrity in everything we do
  • Stay positive and lead by example
  • Success is earned through hard work
  • Put others first and enjoy each other
  • Maintain balance between family and work
  • Direct and frequent communication
  • Embrace creativity and think outside the box
  • Challenge the status quo and be proactive
  • Continuous improvement in all phases
  • Always be hungry and humble