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Emprise Partners Announces Successful Buy-Side Acquisition

Cleveland, Ohio (July 24, 2006)—Emprise Partners announces the successful acquisition of the Feralloy Corporation Cleveland operations and facilities by its client Monarch Steel Company, Inc.  Emprise Partners initiated this transaction and acted as the exclusive financial advisor to Monarch Steel Company, Inc.

Bob Meyer, President of Monarch Steel, said, “Emprise Partners played a key role in initiating this transaction, which conforms to our strategic plan and provides us the added capacity necessary to expand our product offering and production capability in Northeast Ohio.  In addition, Emprise Partners exceeded our expectations in providing assistance to minimize the purchase price for Monarch Steel.” 

Josh Kaufman, Monarch Steel Executive Vice President and shareholder, said, “As an owner, it was re-assuring to have Emprise Partners working together with us on the transaction—as an extension of our management team.”

Monarch Steel Company is a privately held company that has been in operation since 1934. The Company is a leading provider of quality flat-rolled steel products serving the automotive, container, lawn and garden, rail car, and truck and trailer industries.    Monarch Steel has operations in Cleveland, Ohio; Decatur, Alabama; and Cadiz, Kentucky. 

A wholly owed subsidiary of PNA Group Inc., a Platinum Equity portfolio company, Feralloy Corporation is one of the country’s largest high-volume steel processing companies and has been delivering quality processed flat-rolled steel for over half a century.  Headquartered in Chicago, the Company operates an extensive network of processing centers strategically located throughout the U.S. and Mexico.  

Emprise Partners is a merchant-banking firm that provides buy-side representation to corporations, private-equity groups, and industry-specific management teams in the middle market.  As a financial partner, the Company assists in the acquisition and growth of businesses with proprietary products or defensible niche positions.  Emprise Partners has completed more than 40 buy-side transactions.



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