Montage Partners Acquires Clowe & Cowan of El Paso, Inc.

November 30, 2010

EL PASO, TX – Montage Partners, a Scottsdale, Arizona-based private equity firm, is pleased to announce it has acquired Clowe & Cowan of El Paso, Inc. in partnership with management. Founded in 1967 and located in El Paso, Texas, Clowe & Cowan of El Paso, Inc. (“Clowe & Cowan” or the “Company”) is a leading distributor of water pumps, pipe, valves and related water infrastructure equipment to utilities, utility contractors and mining companies in the U.S. and Mexico.

With extensive supplier relationships and technical knowledge accumulated through decades of experience, Clowe & Cowan is a trusted supplier to industrial and municipal markets, representing major brands of pumping equipment, water and wastewater technologies, and mining equipment.

Montage Partners acquired Clowe & Cowan alongside the Company’s senior leadership team from the Company’s founder, who will be retiring. Rick De La Torre will take on the role of President. Montage Partners is honored to partner with the Clowe & Cowan team to build on the Company’s successful history.

Clowe & Cowan is Montage Partners’ second investment in the water infrastructure industry, after acquiring Cal-Sierra Pipe, Inc. in April of 2010.

Clowe & Cowan was advised by investment banking firm McGladrey Capital Markets. Montage Partners was represented by the law firms Brier, Irish, Hubbard & Erhart, PLC and Osborn Maledon, P.A.

About Montage Partners
Founded in 2004 and headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, Montage Partners is a people-first private equity firm dedicated to helping established businesses reach transformative growth. Montage Partners invests in companies in diverse industries, including business services, consumer, healthcare, industrial and technology. Above all other investment criteria, Montage Partners invests in exceptional people. Montage Partners is actively seeking new investments in companies in the U.S. with EBITDA between $1 million and $5 million.