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Arlington Capital Partners’ portfolio company Cadence Aerospace acquires B&E

Cadence Aerospace (Cadence), a portfolio company of Arlington Capital Partners (Arlington Capital), has acquired B&E Group’s OEM Manufacturing Division (B&E), a provider of complex and difficult-to-machine engine components for aerospace and defence customers.

Similar to Cadence’s existing Tell Tool and ADM facilities, B&E focuses on hard metal and complex engine components, and is headquartered in Southwick, MA (40,000 sq ft facility), with another 30,000 sq ft facility in Westfield, MA. B&E will continue to be run by Bob Quaglia and the existing management team.

Peter Manos, a Managing Partner at Arlington Capital, says: “The acquisition of B&E builds on our investment thesis for Cadence by further expanding the Company’s exposure to extremely complex and difficult to manufacture aerospace and defense components. The combination of B&E and Cadence’s Tell Tool and ADM divisions creates one of the leading and most technologically sophisticated engine components manufacturers in the industry. Combined with Cadence’s strong position in complex structural components, this acquisition further positions Cadence as a critical leader in the aerospace and defence supply chain.”

Thomas Hutton, CEO of Cadence, says: “We couldn’t be more pleased to partner with Bob and the entire B&E management team, and further build upon the excellent work they have done in creating a successful enterprise. B&E brings a wealth of best-in-class employee talent across the board, and has a phenomenal culture that will meld together well with Cadence’s existing employees. B&E moreover has an outstanding reputation in the market and possesses excellent technical capabilities in making difficult parts. Furthermore, there are numerous opportunities to leverage Cadence’s turn-key capabilities and low cost country offerings at B&E and vice versa, which will make the combined business a more nimble and flexible organisation for its customers. We look forward to partnering with the entire B&E team to drive additional growth over the coming years.”

Bilal Noor, a Vice President at Arlington Capital, says: “We are extremely excited to add B&E to the Cadence family. B&E provides excellent complementary and adjacent capabilities to Cadence’s existing engine and systems focused businesses, and further enhances the combined business’ portfolio of work, with key work statements on next-generation aerospace and defense growth platforms, including the LEAP, GTF, and F-135. We look forward to continuing to invest in B&E’s equipment, capabilities, and operations.”

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