Air Flow Research Heads, Inc. (“AFR”), a leading manufacturer of high-performance cylinder heads, intake manifolds, and other automotive aftermarket components, has been acquired by Taglich Private Equity LLC (“TPE”) in partnership with AFR’s founding family and management. AFR’s 42 production and office employees located at its headquarters in Valencia, CA will remain with the current executive team and staff.
Air Flow Research Heads was founded in 1970 by Ken Sperling and had been family-owned until the sale to TPE in June 2021. Ken’s son Rick will remain as President and significant owner of the company. AFR pioneered the process of CNC porting cylinder heads and for over fifty years, AFR has been defining technological leadership in cylinder head manufacturing and flow dynamics. The company’s commitment to excellence has earned its products a place within the fastest racecars and most powerful street machines in the country.
“Completing this sale marks the beginning of an exciting new chapter in the history of AFR,” stated Rick Sperling. “We are excited about partnering with Taglich Private Equity and continuing to build on the foundation that my family and all the AFR employees have built over the years.”
Will Morris, Partner at Taglich Private Equity stated, “AFR has a fantastic brand and impressive legacy which we want to continue. We are thrilled to be partnering with the management team in supporting the continued growth of AFR, both organically and through acquisitions of other performance aftermarket companies.”
Financing for the transaction was arranged by Taglich Private Equity with equity provided by TPE, management of AFR, and Farragut Capital Partners, who also provided subordinated debt. Byline Bank provided the senior debt financing.
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