WASHINGTON, DC, January 5, 2015 – Arlington Capital Partners (“Arlington Capital”), a Washington, DC-based private equity firm, today announced the acquisition of United Flexible Group (“United” or the “Company”). Headquartered in Romeoville, Illinois, United is a global leader in the design, development, manufacture and support of performance critical flexible engineered solutions for the transfer of fluids and gases in extreme environments. The Company is a proactive partner to blue chip OEMs operating in several attractive end-markets including aerospace/defense, satellite, power generation, general industrial, oil/gas, cooling and transportation.
United has over 330 employees with manufacturing operations in Romeoville, Illinois; Houston, Texas; Merthyr Tydfil, Wales, UK; Rotterdam, The Netherlands; and Knivsta, Sweden, and operates through several subsidiary entities, including US Hose Corporation, AmniTec Ltd, AmniTec BV and Habia Teknofluor. The Company’s critical flexible engineered solutions reduce weight, improve pressure and temperature performance, and minimize the footprint of mission critical systems for its clients.
“We are excited to be partnering with CEO John Devine and his management team at United Flexible to execute on the opportunities in the rapidly growing market for high performance and mission critical flexible fluid and gas conduit products,” said Peter Manos, a Managing Partner at Arlington Capital. “As a market leader with global manufacturing capabilities in this large, but fragmented market, United Flexible is an attractive platform with technically differentiated products and the potential to scale rapidly as it consolidates the industry through add-on acquisitions.”
John Devine, CEO of United Flexible Group, stated, “Our strategic goals at United Flexible are well aligned with Arlington’s strong track record of growing highly specialized manufacturing businesses organically and through add-on acquisitions, and we are looking forward to partnering with the Arlington team during this upcoming period of transformative growth.”
Jesse Liu, a Principal at Arlington Capital, said, “United Flexible’s technological leadership position and large installed base of proprietary equipment and tooling provide the Company with enduring competitive advantages. With manufacturing facilities located strategically around the world, the Company is uniquely positioned to continue capturing share in the fastest growing end markets, including aerospace, defense, industrial manufacturing and energy.”
About United Flexible Group
Headquartered in Romeoville, Illinois, United Flexible Group is a global leader in the design, development, manufacture and support of performance critical flexible engineered solutions for the transfer of fluids and gases in extreme environments. The Company is a proactive partner to OEMs and distributors, operating in several attractive end-markets including aerospace/defense, satellite, power generation, general industrial, oil/gas, cooling and transportation. United Flexible Group has over 330 employees with manufacturing operations in Romeoville, Illinois; Houston, Texas; Merthyr Tydfil, Wales, UK; Stockholm, Sweden; and Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
About Arlington Capital Partners:
Arlington Capital Partners is a Washington, D.C.-based private equity firm whose investment funds represent over $1.5 billion of committed capital, focused on middle market investment opportunities in growth industries including: aerospace/defense, engineered products, government services, healthcare services, and outsourced business services and software. The firm’s professionals and network have a unique combination of operating and private equity experience that enables Arlington to be a value-added investor. Arlington invests in companies in partnership with high quality management teams that are motivated to establish and/or advance their company’s position as leading competitors in their field.
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