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Weatherly Aircraft acquires Equine Product Line
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Jan '10
Weatherly Aircraft Company announced that, as part of its planned growth and diversification program, it had reached a definitive agreement to acquire certain equine product lines from California based Sports Prescriptions, Inc.

The product lines include Equi Wear, Double Diamond Gloves, Force Field Magnetics and Sports Rx. The market for the products is directed towards apparel for the horse rider and various therapy products for horses. It is contemplated that the acquisition will be completed within the next 60 days however during the transition period, Weatherly's new subsidiary Equine Health Products, Inc., will immediately act as an exclusive distributor for the products.

The company intends, having completed an economic study, to relocate the majority of the manufacturing operations from Asia and India to the United States. The economic study concluded that by relocating manufacturing to the US inventories can be drastically reduced and the response time to customers greatly improved.

Richard Corline, President, stated, "We are extremely pleased with this acquisition as it is the first step of our planned diversification into the growing animal health products market. The equine industry alone contributes $39 billion in direct economic impact to the US economy and it has been estimated that the horse population has reached 9.2 million. We believe that our product range can achieve significant growth in our market segment. We have already seen a positive response from customers from our slogan 'Made in America by American Tax Payers' which emphasizes our planned production in the US."

In an unrelated matter the Company confirmed that management will continue their efforts to resolve the issues which have arisen regarding the FAA Type Certificate for the Weatherly Aircraft. The Type Certificate is a major asset of the Company and its ownership is being challenged by two third parties. Management, having taken legal advice on this matter, is of the opinion that it is the rightful holder of the TC as reflected by the FAA published register and intends to vigorously defend its position.

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