Crivello Group, LLC Announces Agreement to Acquire Assets of Thomas Equipment, LTD

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Thomas Equipment 2004, Inc. formed to complete acquisition of international maker of a full line of Skid Steer and Mini Skid Steer Loaders, Screening Plants, Mini Excavators and Potato Harvesting Equipment.

Crivello Group, LLC (“CG”) Managing Member Frank P. Crivello announced today that Thomas Equipment 2004, Inc., (“Thomas”) an entity formed for this acquisition, reached agreement with Thomas Equipment, Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of McCain Group, Ltd, (“McCain”) to acquire substantially all of the operating assets of Thomas Equipment, Ltd. The transaction is expected to close in October, 2004.

Thomas Equipment Ltd.,, manufactures and distributes through a worldwide network of dealers and distributors a full line of skid steer and mini skid steer loaders as well as attachments, mobile screening plants and six models of mini excavators. In addition to its industrial and construction products it manufactures a complete line of potato harvesting and handling equipment.

McCain is a multi billion dollar international holding corporation focused on the food industry that recently decided to divest of select non-core business activities. The company was established in 1943 and became a wholly owned subsidiary of McCain in 1964. It is headquartered in Centreville, New Brunswick, Canada with a workforce of approximately 400 people.

CG Managing Member Frank Crivello stated: “Thomas Equipment Ltd. has a long and rich tradition. We have an able and skilled leader in Clifford M. Rhee, a shareholder and the President of Thomas. Cliff is a proven executive with over eighteen years of varied and progressive experiences in both mid-market and large manufacturing enterprises. Cliff is a true entrepreneur with a track record of building successful operations and making smart acquisitions. Most recently, since 1994, he grew Pneutech Rousseau Group, a leading fluid power manufacturing company, into a robust business with annual revenue of $72 Million. As for our strategic objectives, we are negotiating with several public companies to complete a merger of Thomas into a public company.”

Thomas President Clifford M. Rhee stated: “Thomas’ strong and high quality product mix make this an attractive acquisition opportunity. Given my international experience and industry contacts, I am confident we can significantly expand Thomas’ revenue above current production levels. Our mission is to make Thomas a leading international manufacturer in each of its product lines.”

About Crivello Group, LLC CG is a strategic advisors and partners to distressed and emerging companies. CG’s solutions for distressed or emerging companies include:

  •     Stabilization
  •     Capital & Debt Alternatives
  •     Staff, Boards, and Professionals
  •     Divestiture & Dissolution
  •     Plan of Restructuring or Reorganization

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