May 28, 2014

AGM Automotive Partners with Chicago Miniature Lighting Team

Dallas, Texas; Troy, Michigan; Novi, Michigan

AGM Automotive, LLC (“AGM”) and Trive Capital (“Trive”), the Dallas-based private equity firm, are proud to announce that a subsidiary of AGM has acquired substantially all of the assets of Chicago Miniature Lighting, LLC (“ChML” or the “Company”). Founded in 1910 and headquartered in Novi, Michigan, ChML is a leading global supplier of innovative LED lighting solutions to the automotive market.

Through the Company’s strategically located facilities in Novi and Costa Rica, it offers customers full service capabilities, including design and engineering, manufacturing, assembly, sequencing, and supply and distribution in all major markets, including North America, Europe, Asia and South America. ChML specializes in providing lighting systems, including overhead systems, light pipes, LED ambient lighting and other lighting systems to original equipment manufacturers and Tier I suppliers worldwide.

“Trive is extremely excited about this partnership as we are confident that the AGM/ChML combination offers the industry a new market leader in automotive interior lighting. The ChML purchase is consistent with Trive’s collaborative approach to enhancing middle-market businesses,” commented Trive Partner Chris Zugaro.

Trive Vice President Blake Bonner stated, “Successfully completing the Chicago Miniature transaction exemplifies our commitment to rapidly expanding the AGM platform. Now four months into our partnership with AGM, we continue to look for and capitalize on global growth opportunities within interior lighting.”


About ChML

ChML (, headquartered in Novi, Michigan, is a leading global supplier of innovative automotive LED lighting solutions, such as overhead systems, light pipes, ambient lighting, and other interior and exterior lighting systems. ChML provides design and engineering, manufacturing, assembly, sequencing, and supply and distribution services for customers worldwide from facilities located in the United States and Costa Rica.

About Trive

Trive Capital is a Dallas, Texas based private equity firm with more than $7 billion of regulatory assets under management. Trive focuses on investing equity and debt in what it sees as strategically viable middle-market companies with the potential for transformational upside through operational improvement. We seek to maximize returns through a hands-on partnership that calls for identifying and implementing value creation ideas.

The Trive team is comprised of seasoned investment professionals who have been involved in over 100 middle-market transactions representing in excess of $6 billion in revenue across Trive’s targeted industry sectors and situations.

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