September, 2011
River Capital and Management Acquire Five Star Manufacturing, Inc.

River Capital, an Atlanta-based private investment firm, has partnered with management to purchase Five Star Manufacturing, Inc. (“Five Star”). The purchase price was not disclosed.

Based in Springfield, Tennessee, Five Star is a leading manufacturer of engine heating solutions for the automotive, trucking and heavy equipment aftermarket industry. Under its Kat's Heaters brand of products, the Company offers a wide variety of cold weather heaters and starting aids. In addition, under its SmartParts family of products, Five Star offers various grades of preformed, flat band and U bolt exhaust clamps geared for the heavy duty equipment market.

“We are excited about the acquisition of Five Star and believe that management will continue to build upon the Company's history and industry-leading reputation for quality,” said Jerry Wethington, Managing Principal at River Capital. “We believe Five Star gives us a new platform to build in the growing automotive aftermarket industry.”

River Capital is one of the oldest firms of its type in the Southeast and has acquired companies in a broad range of industries with combined annual revenues in excess of $600 million. River Capital primarily invests in light manufacturing, distribution and select service companies with purchase prices of $10 million to $50 million. For add-on acquisition candidates, the firm will consider companies with a purchase price less than $10 million.