Transaction Expands Prince’s Aerospace and Defense Capabilities

CHICAGO – February 8, 2023 – Prince Industries (“Prince”), a leading precision machining and sheet metal fabrication company and HC Private Investments (“HCPI”) portfolio company, today announced that it successfully acquired Precision Shapes, Inc. (“PSI”) in a transaction that will significantly bolster its aerospace and defense capabilities. PSI will continue to be led by its executive team, including John Preiser and Jesse Palma. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Strategically located in Florida’s “Space Coast,” only 10 miles from Cape Canaveral, PSI operates an AS9100-certified facility providing complex material and tight tolerance precision machining to its leading aerospace and defense customers. The combined business has over 300 employees across four manufacturing facilities globally.

“The acquisition of Precision Shapes significantly enhances Prince’s capabilities and penetration in the growing aerospace and defense market,” said Mark Miller, Chief Executive Officer of Prince. “Like Prince, PSI was family-owned and managed by two sisters, Susan Palma and Cheryl Cleveland, who worked at the Company for over 40 years. We are delighted to partner with Susan, Cheryl, and PSI’s talented management team to offer increased capabilities and a national manufacturing footprint to our combined customer base.”

HCPI originally acquired Prince in partnership with Mark Miller and his family in May 2022. HCPI will continue expanding the Prince platform through a combination of organic growth initiatives and strategic complementary add-on acquisitions in aerospace and defense and medical end-markets.

Precision Shapes’ President and CEO, Susan Palma, added, “We are excited to partner with Prince Industries and HCPI as we look to support the next phase of PSI’s growth. We quickly recognized they provide us not only with increased capabilities and scale, but also share our values and unwavering commitment to customers that will benefit the people we serve.”

Winston & Strawn LLP served as legal counsel to Prince Industries and HCPI. TREP Advisors served as financial advisor to PSI. Wintrust Financial Corporation provided debt financing for the transaction.


Prince Industries is a precision machining and sheet metal fabrication company focused on the industrial and medical end-markets. Prince provides its customers with a full suite of services from engineering and product design to material selection, process mapping, welding, powder coating and assembly. Prince also has a global division, QP Hydraulics, that leverages these manufacturing capabilities to provide joysticks and check valves into the hydraulics and construction equipment markets. For more information, please visit https://www.princeind.com/ and www.qphydraulics.com.


HC Private Investments is a private equity investment firm focused on making investments between $10 million to $40 million in lower middle-market manufacturing businesses within the consumer and industrial markets. HCPI invests on behalf of the family office for HC Technologies, LLC, a Chicago-based principal trading firm led by Joe Niciforo with offices in New York, London, and Singapore. The firm will also bring select family offices and individuals to participate in its transactions providing HCPI with a flexible and patient capital base. With a focus on being the first institutional investor in a business, HCPI seeks to partner with business owners, executives, and management teams to identify opportunities to remove impediments to growth enabling companies to maximize their full value potential. For more information, please visit www.hcprivateinvest.com.


Nathaniel Garnick

Gasthalter & Co.

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