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Transaction Experiences Bigelow Advises Rapid Manufacturing Group on its Acquisition By Proto Labs
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Bigelow Advises Rapid Manufacturing Group on its Acquisition By Proto Labs

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Rapid Manufacturing ( was founded in 2001 on the idea of using automation to provide custom sheet metal parts faster than traditional methods—a story that closely parallels Proto Labs’ own. Over the next 16 years, RAPID steadily grew its manufacturing operation in terms of both capabilities and scale, including the addition of CNC machining, and now operates in 140,000 sq. ft. of manufacturing space. The company currently employs approximately 300 people, and will expand Proto Labs’ team to more than 2,000 employees worldwide. This expansion of Proto Labs’ services and capabilities reinforces its promise to customers to continue to seek ways to further optimize product development and improve supply chain efficiencies through a variety of digital manufacturing methods.

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Proto Labs ( is the world's fastest digital manufacturing source for rapid prototyping and on-demand production. The technology-enabled company produces custom parts and assemblies in as fast as 1 day with automated 3D printing, CNC machining, sheet metal fabrication, and injection molding processes. Its digital approach to manufacturing enables accelerated time to market, reduces development and production costs, and minimizes risk throughout the product life cycle.

Rapid Manufacturing Group, LLC announced that it has been acquired by Proto Labs, Inc. (NYSE:PRLB), a global leader in technology-enabled manufacturing. Rapid Manufacturing is a New Hampshire-based custom parts supplier specializing in quick-turn sheet metal fabrication and CNC machining. It is the world’s largest prototype sheet metal manufacturer.

“Quick-turn prototyping and low-volume manufacturing have always been at the core of RAPID, and this foundation makes us a natural fit with Proto Labs’ digital model. I’m excited about the opportunities our combined manufacturing services will provide for our customers who will now have a single source for a variety of manufacturing services, including injection molding and 3D printing.” Jay Jacobs, Founder & CEO Rapid Manufacturing Group

“We listen to our customers very closely to understand their needs,” explained Vicki Holt, Chief Executive Officer of Proto Labs. “We continue to look for opportunities to expand our capabilities to serve our existing customers and to expand our customer base. RAPID not only adds quick-turn and e-commerce-enabled sheet metal services to our portfolio, it also expands our machining capabilities to support larger and more complex projects. In addition, RAPID’s culture is highly aligned with that of Proto Labs, with a talented and experienced team that we are very excited to welcome to the Proto Labs family.”

Nashua, New Hampshire

has been acquired by

Maple Plain, Minnesota

The undersigned initiated this transaction
and acted as M+A advisor to
Rapid Manufacturing Group, LLC.

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