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July 7, 2004

CIVC Partners Teams With Management to invest in EPIC Technologies, LLC

CIVC Partners, L.P. announced today that it has teamed with management to complete a significant investment in EPIC Technologies, LLC, a premier specialty electronics manufacturer in the high-mix, low-to-medium volume segment of the Electronic Manufacturing Services ("EMS") industry. EPIC is headquartered in Rochester Hills, MI and has manufacturing plants in Norwalk, Ohio and Juarez, Mexico. Although terms of the transaction were not disclosed, EPIC's management team and current shareholders will maintain an ownership position in the Company going forward.

EPIC's electronic manufacturing services consist primarily of the manufacture of complex printed circuit board assemblies. The Company provides turnkey electronic manufacturing services to customers in the medical, automotive, telecommunications, and industrial equipment markets. Contributing to EPIC's success have been the Company's robust quality operating system, supply chain management, and adherence to lean manufacturing principles. Additional information on EPIC can be found at www.epictech.biz.

"We are delighted to be partnering with CIVC. With CIVC's EMS industry experience and ability to provide strategic guidance and equity capital, we are confident that the opportunity for EPIC's continued growth is tremendous," said John Sammut, President and CEO of EPIC.

"CIVC develops partnerships with world class executives and outstanding companies in growth industries. John Sammut and his management team have quickly built a leading EMS business with considerable expertise in lean manufacturing. We look forward to working with management to continue EPIC's track record of strong growth," said Marcus Wedner, a Partner at CIVC.

Standard Federal Bank, Bank One, and Key Principal Partners provided additional funding for the transaction.

CIVC Partners, a Chicago-based private equity firm, manages $1.3 billion of capital. CIVC focuses on buyout and growth equity investments in the industrial growth, financial services, business services, and media and communications sectors. CIVC has previously invested in the EMS industry through Advanced Quick Circuits, L.P., a producer of complex, multi-layered printed circuit boards.

For more information, please contact:

EPIC Technologies, LLC
John Sammut
248 844 9810

CIVC Partners, L.P.
Marcus Wedner
312 828 8133

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CIVC Partners, LP
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