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Through four generations of leadership, the Blue family built an enterprise that emerged as a worldwide leader in its industry until it was sold to a public company in 1998. Jonathan Blue is part of the fourth generation of his family to continue its legacy of leadership in the business world.
In 1913, David Blusinsky (the last name was later shortened) immigrated to the United States and, with a partner, founded the Louisville Scrap Material Company in Louisville, Kentucky. His son George developed the original company into a thriving regional operation. Years later, third-generation ownership led the company in its quest to become a global organization by focusing its operations on providing full service metals recycling and supplies to railroads. Under this leadership, the Blue Industrial Group was transformed into a diversified enterprise that served world markets.
After working as a management consultant in New York City, Jonathan returned to Louisville and joined the Blue Family business in the early 1990s and became the fourth generation to operate, grow and transform the business. Jonathan quickly expanded the businesses into worldwide markets as he led the enterprise to become one of the largest suppliers to railroads and added a leasing entity. Other services included supplying parts, supplies, and the handling of asset disposition programs for railroads worldwide. The Company was eventually sold to the largest processor of railroad materials in the world, Progress Rail Services Corporation. The business is now owned by Caterpillar (CAT-NYSE). From that sale, liquidity was generated to invest in and launch new entities.
In 2004, after building a portfolio of businesses in media, publishing, and financial services, Jonathan created a successor entity called Blue Equity, LLC. Blue Equity has since become a leading lower middle market private equity firm with additional holdings in oil and gas, sports and entertainment, art commerce, defense, health care, manufacturing and real estate. Since inception, the company has successfully invested in, and exited, business ventures in dozens of industries across the globe.