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We Create
Enterprise Value

Augmented Industry Services (AIS) makes industrial companies more profitable as they prepare for a sale. We represent business owners searching for buyers, and buyers seeking investment opportunities.

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Company Owners

AIS helps owner-operated industrial companies transition at the highest possible value to new ownership. The healthier you can make your business at the time of sale, the greater value you will receive.


With decades of experience and thousands of relationships, let us help you locate manufacturing targets, assess those targets and create synergy plans, and/or turnaround your struggling portfolio company.

Our Mission

Middle market industrial companies lack access to world class M&A and operational support.  These companies are the lifeblood of innovation and critical to the financial well-being of generations of family members who own and work in them.  No other sell-side M&A advisor is staffed with real operators who know that manufacturers win or lose through operational, sales and marketing execution, where we are prepared to help.


Our M&A team has led more than 200 private equity transactions and is connected to over 400 investment groups. We know what these investors can and will agree to in a transaction, and leverage that knowledge to drive the best possible deal terms and ensure that you maximize your sale proceeds.


We have longstanding relationships with major OEMs and the prime suppliers to those OEMs in aerospace, automotive, healthcare and packaging. We also have relationships at all levels in the food & beverage industry. We can put your business in front of these customers in the most positive light.

Supply Chain Optimization

AIS has experience driving over $200 million in savings and value through supply network optimization for small, medium, and larger businesses. We can help smaller companies reduce inventory levels, reduce raw material costs, and improve terms with their suppliers by leveraging a consortium-buying model and/or larger volumes with preferential supply terms.

Commercial Contracting

Our team has negotiated thousands of contracts with major OEMs and their tier-1 suppliers. We know what these customers will - and won’t - agree to. Before you bet your company on a major new piece of business, you should, too.

Operational Improvement

We use detailed metrics and decades of experience to institute processes that will make your business more profitable on the factory floor.

Financial Improvement

We've created more than $100 million in equity value by turning around failing businesses with our deployment of business practices that tie directly to the bottom line.

Our Insights

Who We Are

AIS is a team of industrial executives who have come to realize that most M&A advisory firms are unable to provide hands-on improvement to their clients to improve profitability and maximize enterprise value in a sale. We’ve also come to know that small business are the lifeblood of innovation in the U.S., and helping those in manufacturing find investors that appreciate what those businesses can become gives us a tremendous sense of satisfaction. We mean what we say – we want to help.

About the Founder

Jim Berklas is a former full-time M&A lawyer for several of the largest private equity firms in the country. He has twenty-five years of M&A experience and 200 closed transactions.