WFC Advisors LLC: Advises Clinkenbeard on strategic transition

Milwaukee-based Generation Growth Capital acquires Clinkenbeard & Associates, Inc.

MILWAUKEE (November 1, 2011) — WCF Advisors LLC announced today that its client, Clinkenbeard & Associates, Inc. (Clinkenbeard), has been acquired by Generation Growth Capital Fund I, LP (GGC). GGC is a Milwaukee-based private equity fund that provides capital to small businesses, supporting a broad range of growth opportunities and ownership transitions.

Clinkenbeard, headquartered in Rockford, Illinois, began operations in 1966 and is a worldwide leader in the rapid prototyping and short-run production of complex cast and machined parts using a wide variety of metals and plastics. The company serves customers large and small in a wide range of industries throughout the world, but it specializes in the aerospace, transportation, industrial, and agricultural industries.

“GGC’s strategic objectives and alliances represent a significant opportunity for Clinkenbeard. WCF Advisors is proud to have served as the company’s financial advisor,” said Karen Monfre.

Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

“WCF was critical to the successful completion of this transaction,” said Ron Gustafson, President of Clinkenbeard. “With such an important transaction, we relied heavily on WCF’s experience and professional advice to guide us through the process. We are excited about the opportunities for our company going forward.”

WCF Advisors’ team is led by Jeff Milkie, Karen Monfre, and Kevin Janke.

About WCF Advisors LLC
WCF Advisors LLC, a subsidiary of Wipfli LLP, provides a broad range of advisory services tailored for middle-market companies and for capital providers seeking investment opportunities or assistance with portfolio companies. Common transaction services include assisting clients with raising capital for growth, recapitalizing a client’s business through a minority or majority sale of equity, selling a client’s business outright, and advising on, and executing, a client’s acquisition strategy. WCF’s clients benefit from the team’s over 30 years of combined experience advising middle-market companies and management teams and the extensive industry knowledge of their parent firm’s 134 partners and nearly 1,000 associates. The company’s associates are registered representatives through Rippe & Kingston Capital Advisors, Inc., a broker dealer registered with the SEC and FINRA. Investment banking and corporate finance advice is offered through Rippe & Kingston Capital Advisors, Inc. For more information, visit