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Previous Base Companies

Climax Portable Machine Tools, Inc.

The world's leading provider of precision on-site machining solutions. The Company's products are used to efficiently perform powerful, precise machining operations in demanding environments, and allow customers to minimize costly downtime while maintaining top level solution quality. Climax is headquartered in Newberg, OR and maintains a joint venture in Duren, Germany.

Lantor UK (LTD.)

Manufacturer of non-woven fabrics for a variety of applications including protective apparel, orthopedic padding and wound care dressings, and medical products. The Company is headquartered in Manchester, England and was sold to BFF Medical in July 2012.

Universal Blanchers, LLC

Largest independent provider of peanut blanching services (removal of skins) in addition to other value-added peanut processing services with facilities in Georgia, Texas, and North Carolina. Universal Blanchers was sold to Olam International in June, 2007.

Add-On Acquisitions:

2000 Seabrook Enterprises, Inc., a peanut processor in Sylvester, GA.

WinterQuest, LLC

Leading manufacturer of snowshoes in the United States for this emerging winter recreational activity. Products are sold throughout the world under the Tubbs, Atlas, and Little Bear brand names. The Company's principal manufacturing facilities are in Grand Junction, CO and Stowe, VT. WinterQuest was sold to K2, Inc. in October, 2003.

Add-On Acquisitions:

1999 Atlas Snow-Shoe Co., a manufacturer of snowshoes in San Francisco, CA.

2000 Springbrook Mfg. Co., the leading manufacturer of children's snowshoes, based in Grand Junction, CO.

Surface Systems, Inc.

Supplier of electronic pavement monitoring systems and weather forecasts for both the airport and highway markets. The Company is headquartered in St. Louis, MO. On August 30, 2001, SSI was sold to Quixote Corporation, becoming part of this Company's Intelligent Transportation System's Group of companies. As part of this transaction, SSI's President became head of this Group.

Add-On Acquisitions:

1995 Weather Corporation of America, a provider of weather information to the utility industry.

Orval Kent Food Company

Largest prepared salad manufacturer in the United States, with plants located in Chicago, IL; East Rutherford, NJ; Los Angeles, CA; Dallas, TX; and Linares, Mexico. The Company was sold to SC International Services, Inc. in January, 2000.

Add-On Acquisitions:

1994 Byerly Foods, Inc., a small prepared salad manufacturer in Dallas, TX.

1996 Mrs. Crockett's Kitchens, Inc., located in Fort Worth, TX, the fifth largest U.S. prepared salad manufacturer.

Miller Multiplex Display & Fixture Company

Manufacturer of store fixtures and permanent point-of-purchase display systems for both retailers and manufacturers. In addition to the Company's emphasis on display systems for floor covering products, Multiplex also produces several of the leading retail chains with store fixtures for apparel, sporting goods, and books and periodicals. Multiplex was sold, at management's request, on October 7, 1998 to Miller Manufacturing Co. in Richmond, VA.

Image Conversion Systems, Inc.

Leading provider of micrographic services, the conversion of paper documents to microfiche and microfilm, and electronic conversion systems; and the conversion of paper documents and microfilm to electronic storage media including CD-ROM and optical disk. The Company operates twelve service centers located throughout the country. Image Conversion Systems merged with Lason Technologies, Inc. on July 30, 1997.

Gelber Industries, Inc.

A leading value-added distributor of small industrial pumps. The Company utilized a direct sales force operating from five offices/warehouses in Chicago, IL; Wilmington, DE; Cleveland, OH; Los Angeles, CA; and San Diego, CA. In addition, Gelber published an extensive catalog of pumps and accessory products.

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