SOURCE: Westone Laboratories, Inc.

December 14, 2011 13:46 ET

Westone Laboratories, Inc. Receives Investment From CID Capital Private Equity Group

Investment Will Allow Westone to Grow Core Businesses, Expand Consumer Electronics Business and Seek Strategic Acquisition Opportunities

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO--(Marketwire - Dec 14, 2011) - Westone Laboratories, Inc., a market leader in the hearing healthcare industry, professional musician products, premium consumer earphones, and communication products for military and law enforcement, is excited to announce it has entered into a partnership with CID Capital, receiving a capital investment from the Indianapolis, Indiana based private equity firm.

The investment will allow the Westone management team to continue to build the company with a new investment partner while allowing members of the family that founded Westone to diversify and pursue personal interests.

Lynn Kehler, CEO of Westone, commented, "We're delighted to have CID Capital as a partner. Our alliance with CID will bring the strategic guidance and resources we need to rapidly accelerate new product development, aggressively expand distribution and pursue potential acquisition opportunities. We also have a unique opportunity to leverage our extensive hearing healthcare and professional audio music background to offer the same premium quality products and listening experience to the broader consumer earphone market."

For over 50 years, Westone has been a leader in the hearing healthcare industry. Westone was also one of the early pioneers in the professional musician earphone business, working with elite musicians since the early 1990s to develop some of the first in-ear monitoring systems. Westone's professional in-ear musicians' monitors borrow heavily from the company's background in hearing healthcare, and are the foundation of today's consumer earphone market.

Eric Bruun, Managing Director at CID Capital, commented, "We jumped at the opportunity to partner with Westone! With over 50 years of in-ear experience, Westone is the leader in providing the premier audio experience for professional musicians and consumer music enthusiasts. Westone's professional in-ear monitors and premium consumer earphones provide the most authentic audio experience in the market today. Westone continues to release exciting new products, like the Westone 4R, and consumer demand has been tremendous."

About Westone Laboratories, Inc.
Founded in 1959, Westone is a leading designer, manufacturer and distributor of custom in-ear communication and hearing protection products. The Company is a major supplier of custom earpieces for hearing aids, custom hearing protection products, in-ear musicians' monitors, premium earphones for personal listening, and specialty communication products for military and law enforcement agencies. For more information, contact David Slepak, Marketing Director, Westone Laboratories, Inc., 2235 Executive Circle, Colorado Springs, CO 80906. Call toll-free 1-800-525-5071, e-mail dslepak@westone.com, or visit westone.com.

About CID Capital
CID Capital's Private Equity Group makes majority investments in lower-middle-market companies with a strong history of consistent performance. Our focus is on companies that have the potential to grow significantly and our philosophy is based on a collaborative partnership with operating managers who have the industry experience and high level of motivation needed to build a dynamic entrepreneurial business.

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