Tricor Pacific Capital, Inc.

Tricor Pacific Capital, Inc.

August 14, 2007 18:50 ET

Tricor Pacific Capital Invests in Advance Engineered Products

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Aug. 14, 2007) - Tricor Pacific Capital, Inc. ("Tricor"), a Vancouver private equity firm with offices in Vancouver, BC and Lake Forest (Chicago), IL, has acquired a 50% interest in Advance Engineered Products ("Advance"). Advance is the largest Canadian manufacturer of specialized truck tanks, trailers and vacuum truck systems. The company's Advance and Westech branded products are used by oil and gas companies, trucking companies to haul crude, petroleum, dry bulk, chemicals and other commodities. Through its Dumur division, Advance also manufactures precision metal components customized for military, agriculture, electronics and consumer market applications. Headquartered in Regina, Saskatchewan, Advance has 13 locations across Canada.

Founded in 1984, Advance has developed an expertise for producing tanks, trailers and vacuum trucks that are subject to strict regulations from Transport Canada and the Dangerous Goods Act. Advance's highly recognized brand names and strong reputation for quality and service have attracted industry leading customers.

Gerry Van Wachem, Advance's CEO, is optimistic about the company's future in partnership with Tricor. "Tricor's culture is highly compatible with that of Advance. The chemistry was established early in the sale process, and will serve us well as we continue to accelerate our growth strategy."

Trevor Johnstone, Managing Director of Tricor, added, "Advance's exceptional management team and the footprint they have established in the Canadian market position the company well to continue its history of strong growth. We look forward to working with management to build value."

Advance represents the fourth investment of Tricor Fund IV, which closed in August 2006 with CDN$555 million in committed capital from leading Canadian and U.S. institutional investors.

RBC Capital Markets acted as financial advisor to Advance.

About Tricor Pacific Capital

Tricor Pacific Capital, Inc. is a leading private equity firm that invests in profitable, well-managed, middle-market companies located in the West and Midwest regions of the United States and Canada. Tricor currently manages approximately $1 billion of capital, and is investing its fourth fund with $555 million in committed capital. To learn more about Tricor, visit

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