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Kentucky Trailer Acquires CEI Equipment Co.

Reaches definitive agreement to enter feed transportation market

Kentucky Trailer

Kentucky Trailer, a subsidiary of Alleghany Capital Corporation, has reached a definitive agreement to acquire a majority interest in CEI Equipment Company, LLC.

CEI, headquartered in Cedar Rapids, IA, is an industry leader in the production and service of global aluminum feed transportation equipment.

Kentucky Trailer is a leading manufacturer of custom trailers, truck bodies, and mobilized workplace solutions. The company’s growth strategy focuses on achieving top market share in specialized transportation markets. The investment in CEI marks Kentucky Trailer’s entrance into the feed transportation industry.

CEI selected Kentucky Trailer and Alleghany Capital as investors because they provided the company with the best structure and support for the future.

“Kentucky Trailer and Alleghany Capital are looking for smart growth opportunities that not only strengthen our business but also the business of the companies we invest in," says Kentucky Trailer President and CEO Gary A. Smith, Sr. "We believe in CEI’s industry-leading products and want to position the company for substantial future growth.”

CEI management members, Dan McDowell, Jim Ross and Jim Stoelk added, “CEI and Kentucky Trailer are driven to be the best in the world at design, build and service solutions. As we pursue our next stage of growth, we are pleased to partner with both Kentucky Trailer and Alleghany Capital, who represent natural strategic partners for us as we seek to capitalize on the numerous opportunities we see in the animal feed transportation market.”

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