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Quantum Composites -- Driving Performance with Advanced Molding Compounds (AMC)

Bay City, MI - May 24, 2011 - New component applications for Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A., and Callaway Golf Company meet demanding criteria for higher strength, lighter weight, and greater design flexibility at lower production costs than possible before.

This announcement is made by Quantum Composites of Bay City, Michigan, regarding a new passenger cell, monocoque structure application for the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento, a technology demonstrator, and new driver head components for Callaway's RAZR Hawk™ and Diablo Octane™ clubs. Quantum is part of The Composites Group, headquartered in North Kingsville, Ohio.

An AMC developed and manufactured by Quantum Composites was extensively researched and evaluated through a strategic alliance with Lamborghini and Callaway in conjunction with the University of Washington.

"The result was an advanced, discontinuous carbon-fiber composite that easily flows and fills complex 3-D mold cavities – meeting extremely high material performance criteria while dramatically lowering processing costs," said Matt Douglas, marketing manager of Quantum Composites.

This AMC, also referred to as a "Forged Composite™" by Callaway and Lamborghini, includes turbostratic carbon fibers that enhance the material's superior strength and allow for a better power to weight ratio compared to metal alloys typically used by the automotive and recreation industries.

Callaway's new driver heads will be displayed at The Composites Group's booth at the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering show (SAMPE) May 23-26 in Long Beach, California. A paper on the research, testing, material formulation and processing was presented at the JEC show in March of 2011 in Paris, France.

This unique collaboration among high-performance companies also fast-tracked the new application and material development process," added Terry Morgan, chief executive officer of The Composites Group. "As a team, we engineered a material that replaced titanium and carbon fiber prepreg in a Callaway application and an alternate composite for Lamborghini. It proved to be a winning team that you might say is used to being driven to success."

"We're excited about the potential of this new carbon fiber reinforced material in high-performance applications, based on the proven success of these new applications, "added Douglas. "We appreciate the confidence placed in us by Lamborghini and Callaway Golf and very much enjoyed working with them on these projects."

More material and processing information pertaining to these new materials and their potential applications is available by contacting Quantum Composites at 989.922.3863, ext. 108,

Growth Opportunities Drive Merger of Premix, Hadlock Plastics

North Kingsville, Ohio - January 4, 2011 - Highlander Partners, L.P., a Dallas-based investment firm and Capstone Capital Partners, a Cleveland-based investment firm, today announced the acquisition of Premix, Inc. of North Kingsville, Ohio, and its wholly-owned subsidiary Quantum Composites Inc. of Bay City, Michigan.

Premix, a global leader in the development, design and manufacture of thermoset composite materials and custom-molded components, will combine with another Highlander / Capstone portfolio company, Hadlock Plastics, LLC of Geneva, Ohio, an experienced custom molder and finisher of high-quality engineered composite products, to build a new, vertically integrated enterprise that will offer customers a full range of engineering and manufacturing processes, from prototype through production.

Hadlock Plastics President Terry Morgan will lead the combined company as Chief Executive Officer, and Premix Chief Operating Officer Tom Meola will assume an expanded role as Chief Operating Officer for the new company, which will maintain its three existing facilities and workforce in Ohio and Michigan. The new enterprise has 430 employees and a manufacturing capacity of more than 500,000 square feet.

"The drive to replace traditional manufacturing materials such as metal and wood with superior-performing, corrosion-resistant, high-strength-to-weight ratio composites is creating new opportunities in a broad range of industries, including aerospace, alternative energy, medical, electrical, HVAC, transportation, defense, construction, and industrial equipment," said Terry Morgan. "Our complementary skills, technologies and manufacturing processes will broaden and deepen our capabilities, positioning us to capitalize on this growing trend."

Premix, founded in 1959, is the largest North American developer, formulator and manufacturer of thermoset compounds and custom-molded components. The company markets commercial composite materials including Sheet Molding Compound (SMC), Bulk Molding Compound (BMC) and Thick Molding Compound (TMC). Premix offers compression, injection, and transfer molding to customers worldwide. Quantum Composites specializes in high-performance Engineered Structural Composites™ (ESC™). Hadlock Plastics, established in 1968, offers multiple composite molding technologies, including compression molding, open molding, light resin transfer molding, and resin transfer molding as well as precision machining and complete finishing and assembly, along with a number of other value-added processes.

"The new company brings together seasoned engineering teams, experienced, dedicated employees, and a highly motivated sales force who will continue to serve their customers in diverse industries," said Tom Meola. "We are eager to build upon the strengths of these longstanding and well-regarded thermoset companies as we expand into more markets and in more areas of the world."

About Highlander Partners, L.P.

Highlander Partners, L.P. is a Dallas-based private investment firm with over $300 million in capital allocated for direct private equity investments. The firm focuses on making investments in middle market businesses in targeted industries in which the principals of the firm have significant operating and investing experience, including healthcare, basic manufacturing, food, building materials and others. Highlander Partners uses a "buy and build" investment approach, creating value by helping companies grow organically and through acquisitions. For more information about Highlander Partners, please visit their website


Exhibit Schedule Update

SAMPE 2011 Fall Technical Conference Hotel Monaco, Seattle USA OCTOBER 17 - 20, 2011

14th Annual Global Outlook for Carbon Fiber Hotel Monaco, Seattle USA OCTOBER 4 - 6, 2011