January 8, 2014
Contact: Lauren Sinai

Prospect Partners And Schilling Ventures Announce The Recapitalization of Cyclonaire Corporation

New Platform is Leading Provider of Pneumatic Conveying Systems

CHICAGO, Ill.—January 8, 2014: Prospect Partners, a leading private equity firm investing in smaller lower-middle-market companies, and Schilling Ventures, LLC, an operations-focused investment firm, today announced the recapitalization of Cyclonaire Corporation ("Cyclonaire"), provider of pneumatic conveying systems, in partnership with management. Cyclonaire is the seventh platform company in Prospect Partners' $200 million third fund and the third investment for Schilling Ventures.

Cyclonaire, a global company headquartered in York, Neb., offers custom-engineered and manufactured pneumatic conveying systems for the transfer of dry bulk materials. The company's experience spans railcar unloading, locomotive track sanding, dust collection, automation, batching and blending, and aeration systems. Founded in 1973, Cyclonaire is a widely recognized leader in material handling, specializing in pneumatic conveying technology. The company provides proprietary, efficient, and environmentally-friendly systems as well as a full line of pneumatic conveyer components and parts. Cyclonaire serves customers in wide-ranging industries from building materials to chemical, energy, environmental, foundries, mining, rail, and rubber. Cyclonaire equipment moves hundreds of different kinds of powdered and granular materials, including cement, chemicals, food, minerals, petrochemicals, proppants, and sand.

"With a stellar reputation, a superb management team, specialized technology, and significant continued growth potential, Cyclonaire stands out as a market leader in the fragmented pneumatic conveying industry," said Maneesh Chawla, a Principal at Prospect Partners. "We look forward to supporting management in building a larger company in the broader material handling space and to partnering with Schilling Ventures, a skilled operator with a focus on lean manufacturing initiatives."

Added Paul Golden, Managing Partner of Schilling Ventures: "I look forward to working with the experienced team at Prospect Partners, and to leveraging our complementary skill sets in helping Cyclonaire execute its business plan to great success."

Mr. Golden brings extensive experience in private equity transactions and industrial company leadership, having served as CEO of a private equity-backed portfolio company in addition to leading multiple other companies as president or as CEO.

Cyclonaire will continue to be led by Jerry Elfring, President, who has been with the company nearly since its inception, and his veteran management team.

"Prospect Partners and Schilling Ventures felt like the right fit from the start," said Mr. Elfring. "They fully embrace our emphasis on top-quality equipment, design integrity, and exceptional customer service. We look forward to their support and guidance as we grow our core business and expand into new markets. We are excited about what the future holds for Cyclonaire."

Going forward, Cyclonaire seeks to invest in select add-on acquisitions of other pneumatic conveying and material handling companies as well as in manufacturing automation and controls businesses.

Serving on the board of the holding company, Cyclonaire Holding Corporation, are Mr. Chawla, as Chairman, and Prospect Partners' Vice President Heath Hunter and Schilling Ventures' Mr. Golden as Directors.

The other platform companies in Prospect Partners' $200 million third fund, Prospect Partners III, L.P., are: Absolutely Custom Group, Inc., of Spring Grove, Ill., a leading embellisher of customized athletic uniforms, spirit wear, and decals for the K-12 school sports market; Velocity Aerospace Holding Group, a Burbank, Calif.-based provider of aviation maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services; ICI Holding Company, a Daphne, Ala.-based wholesale distributor, supplier and manufacturer of agricultural irrigation mechanical and electrical components; Landmark Irrigation Holding Services, Inc., a Madera, Calif.-based designer and installer of custom drip irrigation systems for Central California farmers; Prospect Water Co. LLC, a Lombard, Ill.-based provider of water treatment products and services through independently franchised dealers; and SurePoint Holdings, LLC, of Lawrence, Kansas, a nationwide provider of direct-to-consumer diabetes supplies and services. Prospect Partners III, L.P. closed in August, 2010.

About Prospect Partners

Prospect Partners is a leading private equity firm investing in smaller lower-middle-market companies, managing $470 million across three funds. A highly experienced and active investor, Prospect Partners focuses exclusively on management-led leveraged recapitalizations and acquisitions of niche market leaders with revenues typically under $75 million. Since 1998, Prospect Partners has invested opportunistically nationwide in more than 105 companies in a broad range of niche manufacturing, distribution, and specialty service markets. Based in Chicago, Prospect Partners also has an office in Menlo Park, Calif. 

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