Wynnchurch Capital Acquires Metzeler North America



    CHICAGO, September 17 /CNW/ - Wynnchurch Capital, a Chicago-based private
equity firm, announced it has acquired the North American operations of
Metzeler Automotive Profile Systems ("Metzeler"). Headquartered in Detroit
with operating facilities located throughout the United States, Canada and
Mexico, Metzeler is a leading designer and manufacturer of a complete line of
highly-engineered vehicle sealing systems for doors, windows, trunks, lift
gates, sunroofs and hoods. Metzeler marks the sixth platform investment for
Wynnchurch's second fund, Wynnchurch Capital Partners II, L.P. Financing was
provided by Bank of America. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

    Metzeler designs, manufactures and sells elastomeric vehicle sealing
systems which seal interior compartments of the vehicle from water, dust, and
air leakage while reducing noise, vibration and harshness. The Company is the
third largest provider of vehicle sealing systems for automotive OEM and Tier
1 suppliers in North America. Over its long history, Metzeler has earned a
reputation for innovation and technological leadership.

    About Wynnchurch Capital:

    Headquartered in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont, Illinois with offices in
Detroit and Montreal, Wynnchurch Capital, is a leading middle-market private
equity investment firm. Wynnchurch's strategy is to partner with middle market
companies in the United States and Canada which have outstanding management
teams and possess the potential for substantial growth and profit improvement.
Wynnchurch Capital manages a number of private equity funds with capital under
management in excess of $500 million specializing in management buyouts,
recapitalizations, corporate carve-outs, restructurings and growth capital
investments. More information on Wynnchurch Capital can be found at
www.wynnchurch.com.




For further information:

For further information: Wynnchurch Capital Terry Theodore (248)
593-3801 or Ian Kirson (847) 604-6101 or Jennifer Christensen (847) 604-6126

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