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LMI Aerospace Announces Plan to Streamline Operations, Names Cliff Stebe as CFO


LMI Aerospace, Inc. (Nasdaq: LMIA), a leading provider of design engineering services and supplier of structural assemblies, kits and components to the aerospace and defense markets, today announced key management changes as the company streamlines operations and further integrates Valent Aerostructures, LLC.

Lawrence E. (Ed) Dickinson, who has served as LMI's Chief Financial Officer since 1993, has been appointed President of Valent and will lead the Valent subsidiary, assuming control of the bulk of the company's machining business. Valent will remain headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri. Dickinson has served as Chief Financial Officer since joining LMI Aerospace in 1993. Prior to joining LMI, he was a financial analyst and Controller for LaBarge, Inc.

Cliff Stebe has been named the Chief Financial Officer of LMI filling the vacancy left by Mr. Dickinson. Stebe has served as LMI's Corporate Controller for three years after several years as a Senior Manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP. Both Dickinson and Stebe will report to Chief Executive Officer Ron Saks.

"Ed Dickinson has distinguished himself as a very capable Chief Financial Officer who has also spent considerable time honing his knowledge of aerospace operations and cost control," Saks said. "We have considered a senior operations role for Ed in the past, but his value in his prior position made this conversion difficult. The opportunity to oversee the Valent companies comes at a time when Ed is prepared for the challenge and has, in Cliff Stebe, an accomplished Corporate Controller also capable of assuming greater responsibilities. We are confident that both will be successful in their new roles."

Charlie Newell and Henry Newell, the co-Presidents of LMI's Aerostructures segment, and Bruce Breckenridge, Executive Vice President of Business Development for Valent, have resigned from the company. In order to effect a smooth transition, the three former executives will serve as consultants to LMI for the next six months.

"We are grateful to the Newells and Bruce for their efforts in building the strong business platform we acquired late last year. We remain impressed with the employees, capabilities and work statement of the Valent operations. We thank each of them for their service to LMI during our early efforts to integrate Valent into LMI and wish them well in their future endeavors," Saks said.

The Valent subsidiary provides complex, structural components, major sub-assemblies and machined parts for OEM and Tier 1 airframe manufacturers in the aerospace and defense industry. 

In other news, LMI announced it will close Precise Machine, Co., a wholly-owned subsidiary based in Ft. Worth, Texas. The company will transfer approximately $7 million in work to other company machining facilities and expects to realize $1.5 million in recurring pre-tax savings from the consolidation after incurring approximately $1.5 million in cost to shut down the operation.  The closure will take place over the next several months and is expected to be completed in May 2014. Precise was acquired by LMI in 1998 and currently has 35 employees.


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