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March 14, 2016

The Loar Group Announces Acquisition of Applied Engineering and Xpedition

Xpedition Archery is pleased to announce that we are now a proud member of the Loar Group. On March 14, 2016 transfer of ownership of Applied Engineering and Xpedition was completed.

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Xpedition Archery owner and founder Tom Bohnet stated, “I’m extremely proud of what we have accomplished in the relatively short time since Xpedition’s inception into the compound bow market. Our products truly reflect our commitment and drive for performance and excellence. With my retirement approaching I began searching for the best Xpedition partner. After speaking with several suitors, the Loar Group easily emerged as the hands down choice. Much like my other company, Applied Engineering Inc., that was also acquired, Loar Group is heavily entrenched in the aerospace manufacturing discipline. This will allow Xpedition to continue to deliver the best bow on the market by utilizing Applied Engineering’s capabilities as a world class manufacturer of precision machined components.”

Xpedition Archery’s general manager, Devin Bakley added, “With this new partnership, Xpedition will now have the ability to effectively leverage the great manufacturing knowledge, personnel and infrastructure found throughout the entire Loar Group. In turn, this will greatly increase our capacity, capabilities and capital funding for our future growth. We are very excited for what the future holds as we continue to build off the solid foundation and reputation Xpedition has established. I will have the authority to continue to build Xpedition in the same manner as we previously have and that makes me very excited for our future. We will continue to build a great compound bow franchise with the emphasis on high end compound bows.”

Loar representative Roger Sanford, who will be stepping in as Xpedition’s president for the retiring Bohnet, had the following to say, “I was very excited to hear of this acquisition due to my 30 years of bow hunting and love for archery. In review of Xpedition Archery, it is very apparent the existing business philosophy and plan is one that is both sound and successful without the need for restructure or change. I look forward to bridging the business partnerships by bringing Loar’s capital, aerospace knowledge and management skills to further strengthen Xpedition’s presence in the archery market.”

The Loar Group is a diversified manufacturer and supplier with established relationships with leading aerospace and defense OEMs worldwide. Its mandate is to create a strategic global alliance of companies specializing in the design and manufacture of aerospace and defense components. Loar provides its partners and customers with innovative, cost-effective capabilities and responsive, dependable service, leading to profitable and sustainable long-term relationships.

For more information please contact Mr. Dirkson Charles at dirksoncharles@loargroup.com.


January 22, 2016

The Loar Group Announces Acquisition of General Ecology, Inc.

The Loar Group announced today that it has acquired General Ecology, Inc., a leader in drinking water purification.

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Headquartered in Exton, Pennsylvania (USA), General Ecology designs and manufactures proprietary water purification systems primarily for commercial and business aircraft. In addition to being a leading supplier of such products to the aerospace industry under the Versa-Pure® brand, General Ecology supplies its products for home, restaurant, portable, marine and recreational vehicle use under the Seagull® and First Need® brands. Today approximately 75% of General Ecology’s revenues are for replacement or aftermarket needs, with two-thirds of total revenues for aerospace end markets. As with other Loar companies, the business will continue to operate under its current brand as General Ecology.

Speaking on behalf of the Loar Group, Dirkson Charles (chief executive officer) said, “General Ecology has long been a premier manufacturer of proprietary water purification systems with an outstanding reputation and established positions on all current production Airbus commercial aircraft and a number of Boeing and other platforms. All of their systems require replacement of their cartridges on a periodic basis generating significant and growing aftermarket content across all end markets. We look forward to continuing to invest across all original equipment and other end markets to further General Ecology’s growth.”

Richard Williams, founder of General Ecology stated, “I am very pleased to transition ownership and management of General Ecology to the Loar Group. Loar is the right company to take General Ecology to the next level. Their commitment to continuing to provide a product at the highest quality going forward really impressed me. When I combined their culture of continuous improvement of the products that they manufacture with their track record of providing a great environment for their employees to develop and grow, it was evident that Loar was the right fit. I look forward to General Ecology’s continued growth under the leadership of the Loar management team.”

The Loar Group is a diversified manufacturer and supplier with established relationships with leading aerospace and defense OEMs worldwide. Its mandate is to create a strategic global alliance of companies specializing in the design and manufacture of aerospace and defense components. Loar provides its partners and customers with innovative, cost-effective capabilities and responsive, dependable service, leading to profitable and sustainable long-term relationships. The Loar Group is an affiliate of JLL Partners, Inc.

For more information regarding Loar Group and General Ecology please contact Mr. Dirkson Charles at dirksoncharles@loargroup.com.


March 23, 2015

The Loar Group Announces Acquisition of SAF Industries, LLC (dba Gar Kenyon)

The Loar Group today announced it has acquired SAF Industries, LLC (dba Gar Kenyon), a leading designer, manufacturer, and supplier of precision components used in hydraulic and pneumatic systems across the aircraft.

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Headquartered in Naugatuck, Connecticut (USA), Gar Kenyon designs and manufactures valves, manifolds and actuators for landing gear, flight controls, engine / fuel controls and other hydraulic and pneumatic systems for the commercial aerospace, business jet, general aviation and defense markets. Today over 95% of Gar Kenyon’s revenues are from proprietary products. The business will continue to operate as Gar Kenyon.

Speaking on behalf of the Loar Group, Dirkson Charles (chief executive officer) said, “We are excited about the addition of Gar Kenyon to the Loar Group family of companies. The combination of Loar’s aerospace experience, entrepreneurial spirit, and resources with Gar Kenyon’s deep experience in hydraulic, pneumatic and electromechanical components will result in a stronger enterprise that is better positioned to serve our customers. The addition of Gar Kenyon’s highly engineered and proprietary products will also allow us to improve our solutions-based engineering approach to assisting Loar’s customers. We are focused on bringing our resources to bear to position Gar Kenyon to invest in new platforms, and we look forward to continuing to work with Gar Kenyon’s strong group of blue-chip aerospace customers.”

Steve Fournier, chief executive officer of Gar Kenyon said, “I am very pleased to transition ownership and management of Gar Kenyon to the Loar Group. Loar is an outstanding organization with a strong track record of driving growth of its business units while working together with its customers to provide high quality aerospace components. I look forward to watching Gar Kenyon continue to grow under the leadership of the Loar management team.”

Loar Group is a diversified manufacturer and supplier with established relationships with leading aerospace and defense OEMs worldwide. Its mandate is to create a strategic global alliance of companies specializing in the design and manufacture of aerospace and defense components. Loar provides its partners and customers with innovative, cost-effective capabilities and responsive, dependable service, leading to profitable and sustainable long-term relationships.

For more information please contact Mr. Dirkson Charles at dirksoncharles@loargroup.com.


September 11, 2013

Loar Group Announces Acquisition of Terry’s Machine & Manufacturing, Inc.

Loar Group today announced that on September 6 it acquired Terry’s Machine & Manufacturing, Inc., a manufacturer of precision components for the aerospace and defense industry, and merged Terry’s into Loar Group’s newly-formed subsidiary Terry’s Precision Products LLC.

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Headquartered in Mukilteo, Wash., Terry’s manufactures precision metallic components utilizing a wide range of manufacturing processes that satisfy demanding aerospace customer performance requirements. The business will continue to do business as Terry’s Machine & Manufacturing.

Speaking on behalf of Loar Group, Dirkson Charles (chief executive officer) said, “We are delighted to add Terry’s to the Loar Group family of companies. The combination of Loar Group’s aerospace experience, entrepreneurial spirit and resources with Terry’s deep expertise in the machining of complex aerospace components will result in a stronger enterprise that is better positioned to serve our customers. We are especially excited that Roger Sanford, Terry’s president, is joining the Loar team to help drive growth at Terry’s as well as the broader Loar Group platform.”

Loar Group is a diversified manufacturer and supplier with established relationships with leading aerospace and defense OEMs worldwide. Its mandate is to create a strategic global alliance of companies specializing in the design and manufacture of aerospace and defense components. Loar Group provides its partners and customers with innovative, cost-effective capabilities and responsive, dependable service, leading to profitable and sustainable long-term relationships.

For more information please contact Mr. Dirkson Charles at dirksoncharles@loargroup.com.


June 14, 2013

Loar Group Announces Acquisition of AGC Incorporated

Loar Group today announced that on May 28, 2013, it acquired AGC Incorporated, a premier manufacturer of aerospace components for original equipment manufacturers as well as a supplier of aftermarket aircraft services worldwide.

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Headquartered in Meriden, Conn., AGC manufactures precision metallic and non-metallic components and assemblies utilizing a wide range of manufacturing processes and proprietary materials that satisfy demanding aerospace customer performance requirements.

Speaking on behalf of Loar Group, Dirkson Charles (CEO) said, “We are delighted to add AGC to the Loar Group family of companies. The combination of Loar’s aerospace experience, entrepreneurial spirit, and resources with AGC’s 60+ years of aerospace manufacturing and aftermarket expertise will result in a stronger, more cost effective enterprise that is better positioned to serve our customers. We remain very excited about the future prospects for both Loar and AGC.”

Loar Group is a diversified manufacturer and supplier with established relationships with leading aerospace and defense OEMs worldwide. Its mandate is to create a strategic global alliance of companies specializing in the design and manufacture of aerospace and defense components. Loar provides its partners and customers with innovative, cost-effective capabilities and responsive, dependable service, leading to profitable and sustainable long-term relationships.

For more information please contact Mr. Dirkson Charles at dirksoncharles@loargroup.com.