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Race Winning Brands Acquires Manley Performance

February 21, 2020

MENTOR, Ohio (February 21, 2020) – Race Winning Brands, Inc., a portfolio company of Kinderhook
Industries, LLC is proud to announce the acquisition of Manley Performance Products, a top-tier
manufacturer of high-performance pistons, connecting rods, crankshafts, and valvetrain components.
“We are excited to join the Race Winning Brands team and partner with a group that leads the racing
industry in technology, manufacturing, and innovation,” said Manley Performance President, Trip
Manley. “Our mission remains the same; to manufacture the finest quality internal engine components
at competitive prices and offer unparalleled customer service.”
“Our goal at RWB is to lead racers to victory, and we do that by aligning with companies that are the
best at what they do,” said Race Winning Brands President, Bob Bruegging. “Manley is a natural
fit within our organization and this partnership is a tremendous opportunity to further grow our
performance product lines.”

About Manley Performance

Founded in 1966 by Hank Manley, Manley Speed Equipment’s humble beginnings have blossomed into
that of a world class manufacturer. Over its 54 years in operation, Manley can boast relationships with
industry drag racing legends such as Don Garlits, Bill “Grumpy” Jenkins, and “Jungle Jim” Liberman. In
addition, the company’s impeccable reputation for quality has earned them accolades and involvement
with OEM manufacturers such as Ford, where Manley exclusively supplied connecting rods for the
2003/2004 Ford SVT (Special Vehicles Team) Mustang Cobra. Manley’s technological prowess has
made them an esteemed source for custom valves and their diverse product line provides customers
with race-proven components for all walks of motorsports.

About Race Winning Brands

Race Winning Brands (RWB) is the leading manufacturer of racing and high-performance parts sold
to automotive and powersports markets. RWB is the preferred source for high-end pistons, engine
blocks, cylinder heads, intake manifolds, connecting rods, crankshafts, clutches and other engine and
driveline-related performance components. RWB markets its products through multiple prominent
brands including JE Pistons, Wiseco Performance Products, K1 Technologies, Diamond Pistons, Trend
Performance, Rekluse Motor Sports, MGP Connecting Rods, ProX Racing Parts, and Dart Machinery.
RWB sells to a diverse and unmatched customer base of professional and sportsman racers, engine
builders, enthusiasts, OEMs, automotive and powersports dealers and wholesale distributors. RWB is
headquartered in Mentor, Ohio with sales offices and manufacturing operations in strategic locations
throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia.
For more information, please visit: racewinningbrands.com, jepistons.com, wiseco.com,
diamondracing.net, trendperform.com, mgpconnectingrods.com, k1technologies.com,
pro-x.com, rekluse.com, dartheads.com, and manleyperformance.com

About Kinderhook Industries

Kinderhook Industries, LLC is a private investment firm that manages over $2.0 billion of committed
capital. Kinderhook has made in excess of 200 investments and follow-on acquisitions since inception.
Kinderhook’s investment philosophy is predicated on matching unique, growth-oriented investment
opportunities with exceptional financial expertise and a proprietary network of operating partners.
Kinderhook’s focus is on middle market businesses with defensible niche market positioning in the
healthcare services, environmental/business services, and automotive/light manufacturing sectors.
Kinderhook has a track record of successfully and consistently building industry leaders.
For more information, please visit: www.kinderhook.com