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Acquisition Announcement: Instrument Associates, Inc. ("IA")

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Zelienople, PA – August 31, 2021 — Motion & Control Enterprises (“MCE”) announced today that it has acquired Instrument Associates, Inc. ("IA")

IA is a full service, stocking distributor of products and solutions for instrumentation (including fittings, valves and tubing), steam traps, filtration and process control.

Founded in the 1940s and based in Alsip, IL, IA employs 22 associates, servicing industrial markets in IL and IN. As a division of MCE, the Company will continue to operate under the Instrument Associates name with the same employees and suppliers.

“We are excited to welcome the Instrument Associates team to MCE,” said Charles Hale, Chairman & CEO of MCE. Hale further noted that “IA’s products are a natural fit with MCE’s fluid power and flow control capabilities and will position the combined business to provide a broader range of mission-critical, highly-engineered solutions to our consolidated customer base.”

Added Jay Fregeau, owner and CEO of IA: “This combination will allow us to continue executing our growth plans, utilizing the resources provided by MCE. This is a great outcome for our associates, customers and supplier partners.”

About Motion & Control Enterprises
Founded in 1951, MCE is a leading supplier of technical fluid power, flow control, compressed air and lubrication products, services and solutions. The company services more than 12,000 MRO and OEM customers from 13 distribution centers and 16 retail locations across the Great Lakes, upper Midwest and beyond. For more information, please visit

About Frontenac
Frontenac is a Chicago-based private equity firm. The firm focuses on investing in lower middle market buyout transactions in the consumer, industrial, and services industries. Frontenac works in partnership with established operating leaders, through an executive-centric approach called CEO1ST, which seeks to identify, acquire, and build market-leading companies through transformational acquisitions and operational excellence. Over the last 50+ years, Frontenac has built a franchise working with over 300 owners of mid-sized businesses as they address complex transition issues of liquidity, management enhancement, and growth planning. For more information, please visit

About Instrument Associates, Inc.
Instrument Associates is your source for instrumentation, process control, and analytical solutions in Illinois since 1953. For more information, please visit

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