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KKR has Acquired Minnesota Rubber and Plastics from Norwest Equity Partners

The Deal Represents KKR’s Second Industrials Middle Market Transaction

KKR acquires Minnesota Rubber and Plastics

Minneapolis, MN and New York, NY – Quadion LLC, d.b.a. Minnesota Rubber and Plastics ("MRP" or the "Company"), a leading provider of elastomer and thermoplastic solutions, has been acquired by KKR, a global investment firm, from Norwest Equity Partners ("NEP"), a Minneapolis-based middle-market equity investment firm. This transaction marks KKR's second acquisition of a middle-market business in the industrials sector and is being funded through KKR's Americas XII Fund. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.

MRP offers highly engineered elastomer and thermoplastic solutions for medical, water, industrial and other end markets globally. For over 70 years, the Company has built a strong reputation for its ability to design, develop and manufacture products for harsh environments, tight tolerances and technically demanding applications, including multi-material solutions.

"We have been very impressed by MRP's innovative technologies and differentiated solutions, including over 1,000 custom rubber, plastic and silicone formulations, and tremendous technical resources committed to delivering market leading innovations for their customers. We're proud to support the Company and see considerable opportunity for it to continue to grow," said Pete Stavros, Member of KKR and Head of KKR's Industrials investment team. "As with our other industrials portfolio companies, we plan to implement a broad-based employee engagement model."

Over the past seven years, KKR's Industrials team has focused on employee engagement as a key driver in building stronger businesses. The cornerstone of the strategy has been to allow all employees to take part in the benefits of ownership by granting them the opportunity to participate in the equity return directly alongside KKR. KKR also supports employee engagement by investing in training across multiple functional areas, driving improvements in worker safety and by partnering with the workforce to give back in the community.

Jay Ward, MRP CEO, stated, "NEP provided exceptional support and strategic insights to build a strong foundation for growth. We are excited to work with KKR, a global leader who has industrial expertise and a shared vision, to capitalize on this foundation and continue to provide our valued customers integrated elastomer and plastic solutions in critical applications."

"MRP is a great example of our firm's investment strategy. Over the last six years, we worked closely with management to significantly impact the performance of the Company to position it for the next chapter of growth and success. KKR is a wonderful fit for MRP," shared Tim DeVries, NEP Managing Partner.