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AEA is a pioneer in the private equity industry, having been founded in 1968 by the Rockefeller, Mellon, and Harriman family interests and S.G. Warburg & Co. With over 40 years of investing experience, AEA has established a track record of achieving superior returns as a leading private equity partner to middle market companies. AEA focuses on control buyouts in four industry sectors: value-added industrial products, specialty chemicals, consumer products and services involved in these sectors.

AEA's investors, whom it calls “Participants,” include an extraordinary network of more than 70 of the world's leading business executives, industrial families and influential institutional investors. Since its inception, AEA has relied on its Participants to provide advice and insights on a broad range of issues that are essential to its investment mission. Their considerable experience in operating businesses and global network of relationships are invaluable assets that assist AEA to both evaluate prospective investment opportunities and work with portfolio company management teams to achieve superior investment returns.

At the core of AEA is a strong focus on improving all aspects of a business by working closely with the management teams of AEA's portfolio companies to improve operations, strategies, and financial performance, as well as by drawing on AEA's network of Participants for their industry expertise and relationships.