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Emprise Partners Announces Successful Buy-Side Acquisition

Cleveland, Ohio (May 1, 2006) Emprise Partners announced the successful acquisition of Viking Industries LLC by its client, S & H Industries, Inc.  Emprise Partners initiated this transaction and acted as the exclusive financial advisor to S & H Industries.

Viking Industries manufactures, markets and distributes a complete line of US made and imported pneumatic tools and related accessories designed to provide the broadest offering of air tools available from a single source to customers in the automotive, construction, industrial and welding marketplace.

For over 60 years, Viking Industries has developed a reputation for exceptional value coupled with superior quality and performance, through the combination of high quality tools designed for the best ergonomic shape and engineered for user comfort, safety, and reduced tool wear.  For more information visit http://www.shindustries.com/viking.htm

John Turk, President of S & H Industries said, “Emprise Partners was instrumental in the origination and execution of the acquisition of Viking Industries.  As our buy-side representative, they exceeded my expectations in the number and quality of opportunities generated.  Their keen insight and guidance, provided at critical junctures in the negotiations, was extremely valuable.” 

S & H Industries manufactures and sells automotive aftermarket tools and productivity enhancing tools used in the collision repair industry.  Products are sold nationwide through distributors and dealers.  S & H Industries existing product line includes Keysco Tools—hand tools, auto body maskers, work stands and the Aluminum Alliance; ALC SandyJet--abrasive blasters and equipment, Vantage Maskers—autobody maskers; Majestic Hammer and Dolly—hammers and dollies, Cargo-Lok—cargo restraint devices; and Stream Line Tools—hammers and dollies.  For additional information about S&H Industries, visit  http:// www.shindustries.com

Emprise Partners is a merchant-banking firm, which 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 over 40 buy-side transactions.  To learn more, visit http://www.emprisepartners.us












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