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FDH Aero Completes Acquisition of Calco Aerospace

EL SEGUNDO, Calif.–FDH Aero (“FDH”), a distributor of aerospace hardware, replacement parts, electronic components, and chemicals, has acquired Calco Industries, LLC (“Calco Aerospace” or “Calco”) from founders Charlie and Lisa Gralapp. This acquisition meaningfully strengthens FDH’s position in the military rotorcraft supply chain and presents an opportunity to accelerate growth with new and existing customers as a complement to FDH’s existing military rotorcraft exposure.

“We are looking forward to continuing our excellence in customer service as a part of the broader FDH organization,” said Daniel Gralapp, Vice President at Calco Aerospace. “We believe Calco’s partnership with FDH will further augment our ability to provide excellent support to our customers and continue on our growth trajectory.”

“Charlie, Lisa, Daniel, and the team have built an exceptional business servicing blue-chip OEMs in the military and commercial aerospace markets,” said Fred Short, Vice President of Sales at FDH Aero. “We are excited to partner with their team and help bolster Calco’s growth while continuing to support their best-in-class customer service.”

Fort Worth based Calco is a leading supply chain partner to OEMs in the military and commercial aerospace markets. Calco operations will continue to be led by Daniel, Charlie, and Lisa Gralapp, with support from the global FDH organization.

“Calco is an excellent fit with the FDH family,” said Scott Tucker, CEO at FDH. “Calco will help bolster our defense supply chain position and complement several of our recent acquisitions which we believe should allow for accelerated future growth.”

Calco Aerospace is FDH’s eleventh acquisition, and ninth completed since Audax Private Equity invested in the company in 2017.

Holland & Knight and Kirkland & Ellis served as legal advisors to FDH on the transaction.

Duff & Phelps served as financial advisor and Greenberg Traurig served legal advisor to Calco.

FDH Aero is a leading distributor of aerospace hardware, replacement parts, electronic components, and chemicals to commercial and defense aircraft manufacturers, subcontractors, component distributors, commercial airlines, and MRO/aftermarket solution providers. FDH is headquartered in El Segundo, CA and has operations across North America, Europe, and Asia.


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