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Local Manufacturing Company Wins 2012 Manufacturing Leadership 100 Award

2012 Manufacturing Leadership 100 Award

Cast Aluminum Solutions, LLC ("CAS") is pleased to announce that it is the recipient of a 2012 Manufacturing Leadership Award. The Manufacturing Leadership 100 (ML 100) Awards honor companies and individuals that are shaping the future of global manufacturing. ML 100 Awards are distributed in seven categories for outstanding projects undertaken and completed by a manufacturing company and in four categories for outstanding achievement by individual manufacturing executives. Winners are selected by a panel of expert judges from a nationwide pool of nominees. Based on the judges' evaluations, the top 100 companies/projects and individuals are honored as Manufacturing Leadership Award winners. CAS received its award in the Information Leadership Category for implementation of a new ERP system in less than 4 months.

In February, 2010 LV2 Equity Partners, a Michigan based private equity firm, purchased the assets of Watlow Batavia, Inc. from St. Louis based Watlow Electric Manufacturing Company and renamed the business Cast Aluminum Solutions LLC. Under the leadership and vision of the new owners, the company faced the challenge of achieving 15-20 percent growth per year. The company needed a robust ERP solution that required minimum investment of cash and IT resources. They selected Plex Online, a Software as a Service (SaaS), Cloud ERP for manufacturers in August, 2010. "We started the implementation in September 2010 and the project went live on December 13, 2010. The deadlines were aggressive but the overall implementation was successful, with no production stoppage," said Liem McDonough, Chief Operating Officer of Cast Aluminum Solutions.

CAS is a market leader in the engineering and manufacturing of aluminum "cast-in" heating products for the food service, semiconductor, medical, and aerospace industries, as well as for an array of other custom industrial applications. Please visit our new website at www.castaluminumsolutions.com for further information.

Company Contact:
Linda Kelleher
Cast Aluminum Solutions, LLC
Chief Financial Officer
1310 Kingsland Drive
(630) 482-5541
Batavia, IL 60510

About LV2 Equity Partners, LLC

LV2 Equity Partners is a private equity group focused on investing in small to lower middle market companies ($3–30 million in sales). LV2's strategy is to partner with solid management teams in niche manufacturing segments that possess strong prospects for growth. LV2 provides capital, operational and financial expertise, and strategic vision to support and complement the management teams within its family of portfolio companies. Please visit our website at www.LV2partners.com for further information.



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