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KippsDeSanto & Co. advises Woodlawn Manufacturing, Ltd., a portfolio company of Lone Star Investment Advisors, on its sale to National Defense Corporation, a subsidiary of National Presto Industries, Inc.

KippsDeSanto & Co. advises Woodlawn Manufacturing, Ltd., a portfolio company of Lone Star Investment Advisors, on its sale to National Defense Corporation, a subsidiary of National Presto Industries, Inc. (NYSE: NPK)

KippsDeSanto & Co. is pleased to announce the sale of its client, Woodlawn Manufacturing, Ltd. (“Woodlawn” or the “Company”) to National Defense Corporation (“NDC”), a subsidiary of National Presto Industries, Inc.

Headquartered in Marshall, TX, Woodlawn is a precision manufacturer of machined metal parts and assemblies for the defense industry. The Company is a first- and second-tier supplier to the U.S. military, manufacturing missile warhead bodies, countermeasure flare components, and other ammunition metal components that require a high degree of precision. Since its founding in 1973, the Company has maintained long-term relationships with blue chip customers including General Dynamics, Chemring, Northrop Grumman, TransDigm, AMTEC, and the Department of Defense.

The transaction augments NDC’s portfolio of explosive manufacturing, assembly, machining, and forming capabilities supporting the Department of Defense.

We believe this investment demonstrates several key trends in the current Aerospace / Defense M&A environment:

  • Return to consistent, high-visibility programs with increased demand resulting from global conflicts
  • Focus on established relationships with prime defense contractors
  • Significant value placed on ability to deliver orders efficiently and effectively despite supply chain constraints

About Lonestar Investment Advisors Based in Dallas, Texas, Lone Star Investment Advisors shares the mission to make equity and equity-oriented investments in middle-market companies located in low to moderate income communities in the State of Texas. Lone Star has successfully invested in all types of economic and financial conditions. The firm invests in a wide variety of industry sectors including manufacturing, industrial, distribution, business services and energy.

About KippsDeSanto & Co. KippsDeSanto & Co. is an investment banking firm focused on serving growth-oriented Aerospace / Defense, Government Services and Technology companies. We are focused on delivering exceptional M&A and Financing transaction results to our clients via leveraging our scale, creativity, and industry experience. We help market leaders realize their full strategic value. Having advised on over 175 industry transactions, KippsDeSanto is recognized for our analytical rigor, market insight, and broad industry relationships. There’s no substitute for experience. For more information, visit

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Press Release

National Presto Industries, Inc. Acquires Woodlawn Manufacturing, Ltd.

October 26, 2022

National Presto Industries, Inc. (NYSE: NPK) announced today that its wholly owned subsidiary, National Defense Corporation, and newly formed subsidiary Woodlawn Manufacturing, LLC, acquired the equity interests of Woodlawn Manufacturing, Ltd, located in Marshall, Texas. Woodlawn Manufacturing, Ltd, is a high volume manufacturer of precision metal parts and assemblies primarily for the defense and aerospace industry. The company is a first- and second-tier supplier to the United States military, producing rocket warhead bodies, countermeasure flare cases and other ammunition metal parts. It has annual sales of approximately $18,000,000. Major customers include U.S. government agencies, AMTEC and other defense contractors.

 National Presto Industries, Inc. operates in three business segments. The Housewares/Small Appliance segment designs and sells small household appliances and pressure cookers under the PRESTO® brand name. The segment is recognized as an innovator of new products. The Defense segment manufactures a variety of products, including medium caliber training and tactical ammunition, energetic ordnance items, fuzes, cartridge cases, and metal parts. The Safety Segment consists of three startup companies. The first is Rusoh, Inc., which designs and markets the Rusoh® Eliminator® fire extinguisher, the first owner-maintained fire extinguisher. The second is OneEvent Technologies, Inc. It offers systems that provide early warning of conditions that if not corrected, could ultimately lead to significant losses. The third is Rely Innovations, Inc., which designs and sells carbon monoxide detectors for residential use.

This release contains “forward looking statements” made pursuant to the safe harbor provision of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, as well as assumptions, that could cause actual results to differ materially from historical results and those presently anticipated or projected. In addition to the factors discussed above, other important risk factors are delineated in the Company’s various SEC filings.