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WHAT DO CASTING INDUSTRY


MEAN FOR BUYERS?


With metalcasters outpacing similar businesses in mergers and acquisitions activity, buyers should be aware of potential changes (and improvements) in their supply chain.


C SHEA GIBBS, MANAGING EDITOR


hris Rosbrook has lived two professional lives. In his first life as a mechanical engineer, he served as vice president for a leading metalcasting process model- ing firm. Now, he’s managing director of investment bank Edgeview Partners, Charlotte, N.C. Te link between Rosbrook’s two lives is the


middle market. Rosbrook and his partners at Edgeview advise companies in the middle market;


metalcasters are predominately middle market operations. In his second professional life, Rosbrook is seeing signs the metalcasting in-


dustry is on a path to improvement via increased middle market mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity. He says that means good things for buyers and designers of metal castings. “[Most of] these are good acquisi-


tions,” Rosbrook told a group of buyers at a recent conference. “Tey will lead to more efficient use of capital and investment in equipment, technologies


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