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Commercial Aerospace
May 19, 2016
AE Industrial Partners Acquires AC&A, LLC

Boca Raton, FL – May 19, 2016 – AE Industrial Partners, LLC (“AEI”), a private equity investor
in aerospace, power generation and specialty industrial companies, announced that it has
acquired AC&A, LLC (“AC&A”), a manufacturer of composite and metallic parts and tooling.
Terms of the transaction, which closed today, were not disclosed.

Based in Lake Forest, California, AC&A is focused on the aerospace and defense, space, and
niche and specialty automotive markets, providing high quality, cost-effective parts to these
industrial segments. With exceptional carbon composite and metallic capabilities, the company is
highly proficient in both tool generation and component part manufacturing for its core markets
as well as emerging, high-growth end markets such as Space and UAVs (unmanned aerial

“AEI, with its longstanding involvement in aerospace and related technologies, understands the
potential of our company,” said Justin Uchida, CEO and COO of AC&A. “AEI’s expertise and
financial support will enable AC&A to grow our business with both new and existing

“Each of AC&A’s major market segments – aerospace and defense, space, and niche/specialty
automobile – offers substantial potential for growth,” said David H. Rowe, Managing Partner of
AEI. “AC&A’s strong customer relationships, highly specialized technologies, and cutting-edge
capabilities make it a unique supplier within these high-growth sectors. AC&A is truly a ‘one
stop shop’ for design, development, and fabrication that has created a unique solution for its

Kirkland & Ellis LLP served as legal advisor and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP served as
financial advisor to AE Industrial Partners.

Law Office of Ron R. Goldie served as legal advisor and Janes Capital Partners served as
financial advisor to AC&A.

In the last year, AEI has made two platform acquisitions: Belcan, LLC, a global supplier of
engineering project management and technical staffing solutions and Kellstrom Materials, which
provides parts support and supply chain management for leading airlines and air transport
operators worldwide.

About AC&A, LLC
Founded in 2004, AC&A, LLC has established itself as a leading provider of composite and
metallic parts and tooling in the space, aerospace, UAV, defense, industrial, and specialty
automobile markets. With a reputation for producing solutions for difficult-to-solve problems
with a diversity of manufacturing capabilities, AC&A continues to attract blue-chip customers
across its markets.

About AE Industrial Partners, LLC
AE Industrial Partners, LLC is a leading private equity firm in the aerospace, power generation
and specialty industrial sectors, focusing on highly technical manufacturing, distribution and
supply chain management, MRO (maintenance, repair and overhaul) and industrial service-based
businesses. AE Industrial’s team includes partners with C-suite operating experience in
organizations such as GE, Gulfstream Aerospace, Power Systems Manufacturing, Hawker
Beechcraft, Landmark Aviation, Bombardier, IDEX, Aviall, B/E Aerospace, NetJets, and Grand
Prairie. For more information, please visit

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