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Emprise Partners Announces Successful Buy-Side Acquisition by Dix Communications

Emprise Partners announces that its client, Dix Communications has completed the acquisition of Mock Woodworking Company www.mockwoodworking.com a manufacturer and designer of architectural woodworking and millwork located in Zanesville, Ohio. Founded in 1954, Mock Woodworking collaborates with architects, designers, contractors and end users and focuses on custom products, in-store fixtures, hospitality, and corporate, healthcare, academic and public buildings.

Founded in 1890, Dix Communications www.dixcom.com is a fifth generation family-owned business headquartered in Wooster, Ohio. Dix Communications owns radio stations an ad agency and until recently community newspapers in Ohio and Kentucky.

Chuck Dix, President of Dix Communications said, "Emprise Partners played a key role in initiating and negotiating this acquisition which accomplished our strategic objective of acquiring a controlling interest in businesses outside of the publishing industry. Mock Woodworking is a premium provider of woodworking and millwork and has a strong management team headed by Doug Mock. We are excited to be partnering with Doug and his team."

Doug Mock, President, the majority shareholder of Mock Woodworking, a second generation family business said "I am delighted to complete a transaction with Dix Communications and am pleased to have an opportunity to re-invest in the business. I look forward to working along with the Dix Communications team to expand the company and take it to the next level."

Andrew S. Dix, Chief Operating Officer of Dix Communications said that "Mock Woodworking met all of the Dix Communications acquisition criteria – a manufacturer located in Ohio, with business to business customers, no customer concentration; and a stable and recurring revenue stream. We will continue to look for additional acquisition opportunities which meet these criteria and allow us to capitalize on the Dix Communications strong balance sheet."


Emprise Partners www.emprisepartners.us is a merchant-banking firm that provides buy-side representation to corporations, private-equity groups, and industry specific management teams in the lower middle market. As a financial partner, it provides both advice and capital for the acquisition and growth of manufacturing businesses with proprietary products or defensible niche positions. Emprise Partners has completed over 50 buy-side transactions.

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