Avalon Precision Casting Completes Acquisition of Precision Metalsmiths
April 2014

Avalon Precision Casting (“Avalon”), a portfolio company of Keystone Capital, is pleased to announce the completion of its acquisition of Precision Metalsmiths, Inc. (“PMI”)

PMI is a leading manufacturer of high-precision, small, thin-walled investment castings, ranging from fractions of an ounce to over 20 lbs. The company’s proprietary casting technologies and almost 70 years of specialized engineering expertise have made PMI a preferred provider to the aerospace industry as well as for general industrial applications requiring complex small parts with thin walls and tight tolerances. PMI is also renowned for its long history of innovation in both process and materials associated with the investment casting industry.

“The partnership between Avalon and PMI demonstrates our commitment to building an industry-leading investment casting company capable of servicing a broad array of markets and adding increased value to our current and future customers from multiple facilities around the country,” said Doug Ciabotti, CEO of Avalon and leader of the newly combined business.

Avalon Precision Castings grew out of the merger of Avalon Castings of Cleveland, Ohio and Craft Cast Company of Jackson, Wisconsin to become one of the investment casting industry’s leading providers of precision-cast parts up to 100 lbs. Avalon services blue-chip OEM customers in the general industrial, pump and valve, oil & gas, food and dairy, military and capital equipment industries with industry-leading turnaround times and cost-effective, value-added services including a dedicated in-house machine shop and tooling operation.

“Together, Avalon and PMI represent a new era for investment casting companies greater than the sum of their parts,” added David Dolata, owner of PMI. “Creating more opportunities and expanding capabilities are key to delivering what current and prospective customers have been asking for: new ways for the investment casting process to solve their ever-more-demanding metal parts challenges. Avalon’s acquisition of PMI puts the combined company in a unique position to service customers needing metal shapes with value, quality, a wider size envelope and capabilities to offer parts complete to print within one company.”

The combined company will operate four advanced manufacturing facilities in Ohio and Wisconsin, all featuring state-of-the-art automation and robotics to produce precision castings from over 200 different ferrous and non-ferrous alloys. Combined company certifications include ISO 9001:2008, PED, NADCAP, and ITAR. Together, the combined company will represent one of the largest enterprises in the commercial/industrial/aerospace segment of the investment casting industry.

Senior debt financing was provided by The Private Bank, and legal counsel was provided by Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

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Jason Van Zant
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Chaoran Jin
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