HRCP Investment:
The Fitzpatrick Company
     
    Hamilton Robinson LLC acquires The Fitzpatrick Company, Inc.

Stamford, CT - February 17, 2005 - Hamilton Robinson LLC (HRCo), announces the completion of a stock purchase through a new entity, FitzHoldings, Inc, for 100% of the stock of The Fitzpatrick Company, Inc.

Headquartered in Elmhurst, IL, The Fitzpatrick Company holds a global position in the design and manufacturing of process equipment to the pharmaceutical, food, and fine chemical industries. Fitzpatrick enjoys significant brand equity with the FitzMill for size reduction applications and the Chilsonator for dry agglomeration applications. These trademarks are known worldwide for quality and durability. The equipment is commonly used for diverse applications ranging from preparing pharmaceutical powders to making tablets and capsules to converting blocks of hard cheese to fresh grated cheese. This diversity and brand equity have made Fitzpatrick a leader in its core markets for over 50 years.

Truly a global business, Fitzpatrick maintains additional sales and laboratory testing operations in New Jersey and through a subsidiary, Fitzpatrick Europe NV, near Brussels, Belgium. The sales and marketing channel has representation for its products in over 30 countries. The customer base includes many Fortune 500 companies.

The business has roots to 1937 in metropolitan Chicago and was closely held by the same family that founded the company. As per the traditional HRCo investment model, the management of The Fitzpatrick Company participates in the investment.

HRCo, a private equity firm founded in 1984, works with financial and management partners to make investments in small to medium size growing businesses. Over the past decade, the firm and its principals have managed and organized transactions involving 35 companies, representing an aggregate value of approximately $1 billion. For more information, visit fitzmill.com.

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