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Chartwell Advises Mayville Engineering Company on IPO

May 2019

Chartwell is pleased to announce Mayville Engineering Company, Inc. in successfully executing an initial public offering (IPO). Chartwell served as financial advisor to Mayville (“MEC” or “the Company”) throughout the process, providing comprehensive counsel on ESOP related matters required to effectuate the offering. The Company successfully listed its shares on the New York Stock Exchange on May 9, 2019.

Having successfully operated MEC as a 100% ESOP-owned company since 1985, the Board of Directors began exploring potential strategic alternatives to address the Company’s increasing repurchase obligation and capital expenditure constraints. Chartwell’s initial involvement with Mayville began in 2018. Leveraging its extensive corporate finance expertise and ESOP knowledge, Chartwell conducted a thorough review of MEC’s capital and ownership structure to determine potential growth capital options for the Company. Chartwell presented its analyses to the Board of Directors which ultimately concluded growth capital via public equity markets was the optimal solution for the Company and, more importantly, its shareholders. Following Chartwell’s strategic alternatives review for the MEC Board of Directors, Chartwell was retained by the Company to advise it throughout the IPO process on all ESOP related matters.

“MEC selected Chartwell as our financial advisor because of their reputation and expertise in the ESOP marketplace. Throughout each step of the process, Chartwell provided valuable, in-depth analyses and guidance on a myriad of topics and considerations that allowed our Board of Directors and Executive team to make highly analyzed and informed decisions. Chartwell helped translate complex topics into clear and concise analyses that our Board could efficiently evaluate and endorse. Chartwell acted as a true partner on the deal with senior leadership throughout the process. We truly appreciate everything Chartwell has done during this process and ultimate transaction.”

 – Robert Kamphuis, Chairman, President, & CEO, MEC

“Chartwell’s advice and guidance have been instrumental to MEC over the past two years. The team is simply first class, both professionally and personally. Their deep knowledge and expertise in corporate finance and ESOP related transactions is unparalleled. Throughout each step of the process, Chartwell provided valuable, in-depth guidance on all growth capital alternatives available to MEC. With Chartwell’s guidance, this IPO will accomplish a wide range of stated objectives and MEC is thrilled with the outcomes achieved. MEC will continue to turn to Chartwell for all ESOP related and corporate finance matters as we continue building our nationally respected brand.”

 – Todd Butz, CFO, MEC

About Mayville Engineering Company

Founded in 1945, Mayville Engineering Company is a leading supply chain partner for blue-chip original equipment manufacturers. As a value-added manufacturer, MEC provides a broad range of prototyping and tooling, production fabrication, coating, assembly and aftermarket components. The Company’s customers operate in a diverse end-markets, including heavy-and medium-duty commercial vehicles, construction, powersports, agriculture, military and other industrial markets. Headquartered in Mayville, Wisconsin, MEC operates 21 facilities with almost three million square feet of manufacturing space.

Chartwell Contact

For additional information on this transaction, please contact Greg Fresh.

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