American Industrial Partners

One of LGO’s more recent partners, American Industrial Partners (AIP) is a firm dedicated to building industrial businesses. The private equity firm invests in middle-market industrial companies and has made over 60 acquisitions since the firm started. A wide variety of companies in AIP’s portfolio gives LGOs the opportunity to work with small and mid-sized companies. During internships, they have an immediate impact on product-to-business transformation. AIP’s strategy relies heavily on improving operations in conjunction with a company’s current management team. Danny Davis (LGO ’08) was integral in developing the LGO-AIP partnership. The company is eager to recruit LGO graduates and provide internship opportunities.

Some AIP Portfolio Companies:

AIP Aerospace

AIP Aerospace serves the global aerospace market with 14 manufacturing facilities across the United States and in France. The first LGO intern with AIP worked at AIP Aerospace, where he worked on a new material that has lighter weight and improved performance to decrease manufacturing costs.

Shape Technologies Group

Shape Technologies is the combination of two previous companies and is a leader of waterjet cutting systems. A recent LGO class visited Shape during their Domestic Plant Trek.

Sean Henson (LGO ’17)

Product Manager, Material and Tooling Solutions, AIP Aerospace

At LGO: MBA & SM Aeronautics and Astronautics

Sean’s LGO internship was at TexStars, an AIP portfolio company in the aerospace sector. His project identified design and process factors to improve production of a new aerospace transparency product, as well as a market development roadmap. After graduating from LGO, Sean will lead go-to-market efforts for material and tooling solution projects. Based in Southern California, he will divide his time between AIP Aerospace/Texstars and another portfolio company, Ascent Aerospace.