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Protein, Inc. acquired by BHJ USA; Hadley Partners advises Protein, Inc.
August 2012

Vernon, California (August 22, 2012) Protein, Inc. announced that its business and facilities had been acquired by BHJ USA, Inc. in a private transaction.  Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.  Hadley Partners advised Protein, Inc. on the transaction, and Glaser Weil served as special legal counsel to the company.

Protein, Inc. has grown to become one of the leading suppliers of protein products to the pet food industry in the United States.  From its four facilities in California, Indiana and Missouri, the company delivers poultry, pork, fish, beef and lamb products to most of the leading pet food brands in the country.

Danish parent company BHJ A/S and its subsidiary BHJ USA, Inc. have complementary operations to Protein’s in North America and Europe; BHJ and Protein have historically served many of the same customers.  BHJ is a member company of the Lauridsen Group, Inc.

Dana and Robert Montgomery, the owners of Protein, Inc. prior to this transaction, have made long-term commitments to continue to work with the combined company.

We are very pleased with the outcome of this transaction and we want to thank our managers, employees, customers and raw material suppliers for their support as we have worked to grow the business over the years,” said Dana and Robert Montgomery.  “We especially want to thank the investment banking team at Hadley Partners.  This transaction would not have happened without the commitment, experience and judgment of David Hadley and his colleagues.”

This announcement is for informational purposes only, and does not represent either an offer to sell securities or a solicitation of offers to purchase securities

About Protein, Inc. (www.proteininc.com)
Protein, Inc. is a full-service provider and processor supplying the pet food industry with a broad spectrum of species-specific proteins including beef, pork, organic and natural chicken, turkey, duck, salmon and white fish blends.  The company can formulate to client specifications and requirements, and delivers both frozen and chilled products.

To meet the industry’s changing demands for expanded formulations, Protein, Inc. has the capability to process and blend fruit and vegetables (whole, ground or dehydrated), along with the accurate inclusion of pre-mixes, into its meat blends.  The company serves its customers out of facilities in Vernon and Fresno, California; Logansport, Indiana; and St. Joseph, Missouri.

About Hadley Partners, Inc.(www.hadleypartners.com)
Founded in 1999, Hadley Partners always seeks to provide the highest-quality merger & acquisition advisory, private placement and financial advisory services. We have a world-class team of veteran bankers that bring Wall Street experience to middle-market and emerging growth companies. Our goal is to develop relationships of trust with the leaders of these companies and with investors that pursue investment opportunities in such companies. We provide our services in a fair and flexible manner, and we always put our clients’ interests first. Hadley Partners is a registered broker-dealer, and a member of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and the Securities Investor Protection Corporation. For more information contact David Hadley at (310) 640-7090 or hadley@hadleypartners.com

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