PE-backed AMP taps Sterner as CEO

Advanced Material Processing, a platform focused on material processing equipment, has named Brad Sterner as CEO.

Advanced Material Processing, a platform focused on material processing equipment, has named Brad Sterner as CEO. Previously, Sterner was executive chairman of AMP. AMP is backed by May River Capital.

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CHICAGO– November 9, 2020 – May River Capital, a Chicago-based private equity firm focused on lower middle-market industrial growth companies, announced today that it has appointed Brad Sterner as Chief Executive Officer of Advanced Material Processing (AMP), its platform focused on material processing equipment for such sectors as food and beverage, pharmaceutical, nutraceutical and chemical. Mr. Sterner was previously Executive Chairman of AMP, which consists of Kason Corporation and Marion Process Solutions.

“During the pandemic, AMP has aggressively responded to industry needs and as a result, has experienced significant growth serving its food, pharmaceutical, nutraceutical and industrial customers,” said Steve Griesemer, Partner, May River Capital. “We are proud of the hard work and dedication of the AMP team and we look forward to continued growth of the platform, both organically and through acquisitions. Brad Sterner has been a terrific partner to May River for many years and he has deep experience in the highly fragmented material processing equipment sector. Combining Brad’s experience with the existing talented team will drive organic growth, and his experience integrating new operations positions us well for further complementary acquisitions,” Griesemer added.

Sterner most recently served as CEO of May River’s Hunt Valve platform and he will continue to serve as Executive Chairman of Hunt Valve’s Board of Directors, while he takes the helm of the AMP platform as CEO.

“It has been incredible to witness the talented AMP team in action, strengthening our industry leadership during this pandemic,” commented Sterner. “AMP is uniquely positioned to benefit from the short- and long-term underlying trends in the hygienic processing end-markets, particularly food. To accelerate this favorable position, Henry Alamzad, formerly the Kason President and a 30-year veteran in the process equipment industry, is appointed to the newly created role of Senior VP Global Sales and Business Development to expand AMP’s newly formed Thermal Process Solutions Group. Lee Eilers continues his leadership role as President of Marion Process Solutions,” he added.

AMP Executes New Sale-Leaseback Transaction
In addition to appointing Sterner CEO, AMP recently executed a sale-leaseback transaction at its Marion facility near Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The transaction unlocks significant value for AMP to redeploy toward its growth initiatives.

“As a general practice, we do not seek to own real estate as part of our portfolio investments, since real estate often fails to provide the higher levels of return that we seek in our investments, more generally. The heightened demand in the market for sale-leaseback transactions presents a unique opportunity to improve AMP’s capitalization, at relatively low rental rates, and enables us to redeploy the capital into higher value investments within this platform. I think you’ll see us doing more of these types of transactions, given the attractive market conditions,” commented Chip Grace, Partner, May River Capital.

About May River Capital
May River Capital is a Chicago-based private-equity firm focused on investing in lower middle-market industrial growth companies. May River invests in high-quality industrial growth businesses, including precision manufacturing, engineered products and instrumentation, specialized industrial services, and value-added industrial distribution businesses. For more information, visit mayrivercapital.com.

About Marion Process Solutions
Founded in 1938, Marion Process Solutions is dedicated to delivering custom-manufactured processing solutions to companies in the food, nutraceutical, mineral, plastic, chemical and biomass industries. With process solutions in over 75 countries on six continents, serving hundreds of global Fortune 1000 companies, the Marion brand serves as the standard of excellence in the material handling industry. For more information, visit marionsolutions.com.

About Kason
Kason has more than 50 years of experience as a global leader in designing and manufacturing screening, drying, cooling and processing equipment and systems, with worldwide compliance and stringent safety, quality and sanitary standards and regulations. The company is headquartered in Milburn, NJ with offices in Canada and the U.K as well as a global network of sales reps. The company serves a range of industries including food, pharmaceutical, chemical, plastic, energy, minerals, aerospace and defense. For more information, visit kason.com.