February 17, 2017

May River Capital and Hunt Valve Company Acquire Precision Technology

Hunt Valve

February 17, 2017 — Hunt Valve Company, a portfolio company of May River Capital, announced it has acquired the assets of Precision Technology. Precision Technology is a severe-duty, solutions-based designer, manufacturer and supplier of linear motion actuators for automation, machinery, material handling and positioning applications. Precision Technology will be rebranded Hunt Valve Company – Actuator Division. This first add-on for the company complements Hunt Valve’s severe-duty, fluid power engineering solutions for military and industrial customers.

Precision Technology specializes in electro-mechanical actuation with a wide range of rod-less and rod-style linear actuators, screw jacks, linear tables, and custom motion control solutions. Its core industrial products include the highly-regarded WIESELTM and VICTORY Series. In addition, Precision Technology is able to customize its systems to meet the varying needs of the commercial and defense markets, including the rigorous demands of the U.S. Navy’s newest Ford Class Aircraft Carrier Program.

“The acquisition of Precision Technology’s assets expands Hunt Valve’s fluid power technology. As the Experts in Extreme Engineering, this extends our expertise as we move into the motion control segment and allows us to capitalize on the change from hydraulic and pneumatic to electro-mechanical actuation technologies in applications requiring heavier loads, longer run lengths, faster speeds and precise positioning. An example of this trend is the use of electro- mechanical actuation to replace hydraulics in severe-duty applications aboard the U.S. Navy’s new Ford Class aircraft carriers,” explains Brad Sterner, Hunt Valve’s president and CEO. “The first use of the synergies created by this acquisition is the incorporation of electro-mechanical technology into Hunt’s new Proportional Control Descale Valves used in the Primary Metals processing market. Combining motion control and our valve expertise has created simplified, cost-effective solutions for our customers.”

May River Partner, Steve Griesemer, commented that “Precision Technology’s product lines will allow Hunt to serve a variety of industrial blue chip customers, along with naval boat contractor Huntington Ingalls Industries and the U. S. Navy. We expect these capabilities to enhance greatly our product offerings and allow us to provide better service to our customers, accelerating the company’s profitable growth.”


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, specialized industrial services, and value-added industrial distribution businesses. For more information, please visit www.mayrivercapital.com.


Hunt Valve brings nearly 100 years of fluid power engineering innovations and solutions to a wide range of industrial and military customers. It specializes in severe-duty valves and complementary engineered components and system solutions for applications that include primary metals (steel, aluminum), energy (nuclear, hydro, downstream oil & gas), process (chemical), and U. S. Navy nuclear-powered vessels, including all submarines and carriers in operation as well as the Virginia Class, Ford Class, and Columbia Class. For more information, please visit www.huntvalve.com.

Chip Grace

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