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Monday, 17 August 2020 11:25

Blackford Capital closes on Ellison Bakery sale

Grand Rapids-based private equity firm Blackford Capital has closed on the sale of Ellison Bakery, a maker of cookies and other baked goods that’s headquartered in Fort Wayne, Ind.

Published in Finance
Sunday, 12 April 2020 18:41

VC, PE firms steer companies through crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic that dismantled daily routines and hammered the economy has forced investors to pivot along with the companies they back financially.

Published in Finance
Sunday, 12 April 2020 10:14

MiBiz Growth Report: April 12, 2020

This is the MiBiz growth report for April 12, 2020.

Published in Economic Development

Monday, 06 April 2020 05:40

Grand Power receives $700K investment to support growth

GRAND HAVEN — A new investment from private equity owner Blackford Capital gives Grand Haven-based portfolio company Grand Power Systems Inc. capital needed to support growth.

Published in Finance
Friday, 27 December 2019 08:31

Blackford Capital invests in Cartridge World

GRAND RAPIDS — Private equity firm Blackford Capital Inc. purchased the U.S. brand licensing rights to Cartridge World, a franchised printing consumables brand. 

Published in Finance
Sunday, 06 January 2019 11:29

New PE firm to target small manufacturers in rural Michigan markets

small private equity firm started in Southern Michigan plans to invest in a niche area most investors ignore. In targeting small manufacturers in small towns and other rural markets across the state, Parma-based Fresh Water Ventures Fund LP seeks to acquire small businesses and maintain operations in their hometowns.

Published in Finance

Sunday, 25 November 2018 21:12

Blackford Capital taps into Southeast Michigan with new satellite office

GRAND RAPIDS — A new office in suburban Detroit gives Blackford Capital a market presence to scout for deals in the heart of the auto industry and center for American manufacturing. 

Published in Finance
Sunday, 11 November 2018 20:13

Blackford Capital sells Dickinson Press in first exit for Michigan Prosperity Fund

GRAND RAPIDS — Even when it first acquired Dickinson Press LLC more than three years ago, Blackford Capital saw Brainerd, Minn.-based CJK Group Inc. as a potential buyer.

Published in Finance
Friday, 28 September 2018 20:45

After participating in Blackford acquisition, Gun Lake Investments eyes more deals

Blackford Capital’s latest deal brought a new investment partner to the table: Gun Lake Investments, the economic development arm of the Gun Lake Tribe.

Published in Finance

Sunday, 18 February 2018 20:07

MiBiz Growth Report: Feb. 19, 2018

Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for Feb. 19, 2018: 

• M&A: Great Lakes Scrip Center Inc., a West Michigan-based provider of gift cards for fundraising, was acquired by Minneapolis, Minn.-based Bold Orange, a recently formed marketing firm. Over 23 years, Great Lakes Scrip Center has worked with more than 48,000 organizations to raise $680 million. The company last spring acquired The Manna Group in Palatine, Ill. and was the largest gift card company in the nation. Local operations at Great Lakes Scrip, which employs about 90 people, will continue “business as usual,” said Jill Whalen, vice president for retail operations.

Published in Breaking News
Sunday, 14 January 2018 19:25

In lawsuit, Blackford Capital platform company alleges seller misrepresented relationship with key customer ahead of 2016 acquisition

GRAND RAPIDS — The relationship between two companies involved in a 2016 acquisition appears to have soured, with both entities now pointing the finger at each other in federal court.

Published in Breaking News
Sunday, 24 December 2017 17:13

2018 Outlook: Martin Stein, Blackford Capital

Blackford Capital closed on three acquisitions in 2017 through its two private equity finds and sold two companies in what founder and Managing Director Martin Stein said were “phenomenal exits.” Blackford Capital owns 11 companies, nine through the Michigan Prosperity Fund and two through its National Growth Practice. Stein expects the U.S. economy in 2018 to remain in “pretty good” shape, driving growth in Blackford’s portfolio companies. He doesn’t see any downturn ahead for at least another two years.

Published in Economic Development

Sunday, 12 November 2017 16:04

MiBiz Growth Report: Nov. 13, 2017

Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for Nov. 13, 2017: 

• M&A: Wabash, Ind.-based Martin Yale Industries LLC, a portfolio company of Grand Rapids-based private equity firm LV2 Equity Partners LLC, acquired Dry-Lam LLC of Shawnee, Kan., according to a statement. The transaction marked the second bolt-on acquisition for Martin Yale, a manufacturer of print finishing, office and mailroom equipment. Dry-Lam is a distributor of laminating equipment and films to the office product and commercial print finishing industries. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Dry-Lam’s distribution center will be relocated to Martin Yale’s Indiana facility.

Published in Breaking News
Monday, 06 November 2017 08:49

Grand Rapids PE-backed firm acquires Tennessee book printing company

A portfolio company of private equity firm Blackford Capital bought its second firm in the book printing industry.

Published in Breaking News
Sunday, 15 October 2017 22:47

M&A Roundtable: Executives share bright outlook for the M&A market in West Michigan

The active mergers and acquisitions market shows no signs of slowing down for the foreseeable future. 

Published in M&A Award Profiles

Sunday, 15 October 2017 22:30

Stein’s ‘tenacity’ drives dealmaking for Blackford Capital

With three acquisitions and two exits under his belt in the last year and a half, Martin Stein continues to drive a steady pace of deal activity at Blackford Capital.

Published in M&A Award Profiles
Sunday, 03 September 2017 17:00

MiBiz Growth Report: Sept. 5, 2017

Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for Sept. 5, 2017.

• M&A: U.K.-based Playtech acquired the technology, intellectual property and certain customer assets of ACM Group, whose CEO, Muhammad Al-Amin Rasoul, and management team are based in Grand Rapids. Playtech, a supplier of online gaming software, is listed on the London Stock Exchange and has 5,000 employees in 17 countries. Grand Rapids investment banking firm Charter Capital Partners served as financial adviser for ACM Group, a business-to-business market maker, dealer and broker in London. The deal is expected to close in early September. Terms include an initial upfront payment of $5 million, two staged payments based on the EBITDA of 2017 and 2018, and contingent consideration based on 2019 EBITDA. The total consideration for the transaction is capped at $150 million.

Published in Breaking News
Sunday, 11 June 2017 20:00

More Michigan companies open to PE, as deal flow, investment rises

Private equity investments in Michigan grew in 2016 with an increase in both deals and the amount of capital invested.

Published in Finance

Sunday, 14 May 2017 13:49

MiBiz Growth Report: May 15, 2017

Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for May 15, 2017: 

• M&A: Muskegon-based KL Outdoor LLC will add a bevvy of new products to its business through a recent merger with GSC Technologies Corp., a Montreal-based manufacturer of kayaks and other plastic products. About three months ago, KL Outdoor — a manufacturer of kayaks, paddleboards and other watercraft — was purchased by New Water Capital LP, a private equity firm based in Boca Raton, Fla. The private equity firm plans to wrap GSC Technologies under the KL Outdoor brand, according to Dan Harris, vice president of sales at KL Outdoor. Harris expects the merger to expand KL Outdoor’s product offerings, as GSC manufactures a variety of products including outdoor furniture, totes and other related products.

Published in Breaking News
Tuesday, 09 May 2017 09:22

Blackford Capital makes acquisition via Pennsylvania-based platform company

An out-of-state platform manufacturing company owned by Grand Rapids-based Blackford Capital has acquired Oklahoma City, Okla.-based Custom Composites.

Published in Breaking News
Sunday, 30 April 2017 16:58

Family office, investment banking vets split to form new firm

GRAND RAPIDS — Following careers in investment banking and family offices, two West Michigan professionals have struck out on their own. 

Published in Breaking News

Sunday, 30 April 2017 16:31

MiBiz Growth Report: May 1, 2017

Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for May 1, 2017. 

• M&A: Kalamazoo-based Stryker Corp. acquired the assets of Charleston, S.C.-based Cactus LLC, a manufacturer of pharmaceutical waste management systems, according to a statement. Cactus products have been sold in the U.S. since 2012 and have been installed in more than 1,300 facilities. The products will become part of Stryker’s Surgical Safety business, a division of Stryker Surgical Instruments. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Published in Breaking News
Monday, 24 April 2017 05:00

Blackford Capital acquires Ellison Bakery via Michigan Prosperity Fund

GRAND RAPIDS — Blackford Capital has entered the baking business.

Published in Breaking News
Sunday, 02 April 2017 12:48

MiBiz Growth Report: April 3, 2017

Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for April 3, 2017.

• M&A: Industrial and fastener distributor Manufacturer’s Supply Co. has signed an agreement to sell certain assets to Winona, Minn.-based Fastenal Co. (Nasdaq: FAST). Fastenal expected to close on the deal for Manufacturer’s Supply, or Mansco, at the end of March, after this report went to press. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Hudsonville-based Mansco generated roughly $50 million in sales in 2016 from locations in Michigan, Alabama and Texas. It was founded in 1928. President Jim Mol has operated Mansco for the last 25 years. Mansco supplies a range of fastener products “with a particularly strong market position with commercial furniture OEMs,” a market to which Fastenal “has not meaningfully contributed in the past.”

Published in Breaking News

Wednesday, 22 March 2017 15:00

Blackford Capital acquires Illinois hospitality company

Blackford Capital has entered the hotel business through a new acquisition under its National Growth Practice.

Published in Breaking News
Tuesday, 10 January 2017 10:59

Deal flow expected to remain robust in 2017, despite uncertainty

A mix of economic optimism and the availability of capital should yield another strong year for acquisitions in 2017.

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 08 January 2017 17:22

MiBiz Growth Report: Jan. 9, 2017

zHere is the MiBiz Growth Report for Jan. 9, 2017. 

• M&A: Grand Rapids-based Irwin Seating Co. signed a letter of intent to purchase American Seating Co.’s architectural fixed seating business in a deal expected to close in March 2017, pending due diligence. The business includes products for stadiums, auditoriums and other large venues. The company’s move to divest a “higher profile part of our business was an extremely difficult decision to make,” Chairman and CEO Ed Clark said in a statement announcing the transaction. The sale comes as American Seating seeks “to optimize its operations and resources in order to pursue significant growth opportunities” in its transportation seating business, where the company will continue to focus. American Seating intends to lay off 80 workers early this year as a result of the deal. However, a portion of that workforce may transition into roles at Irwin Seating, according to the statement. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Published in Breaking News

Tuesday, 15 November 2016 09:55

Blackford Capital founder named PE Professional of the Year

Martin Stein, founder and managing director of Grand Rapids-based private equity firm Blackford Capital, was named Private Equity Professional of the Year in the 15th Annual M&A Advisor Awards.

Published in Breaking News
Sunday, 30 October 2016 16:45

Addressing a market vacuum: Investment firms pivot to hold companies longer, focus on legacy to court manufacturers

As waves of baby boomers continue to reach retirement age, many have faced the prospect of selling the manufacturing companies they’ve built over the years. 

Published in Manufacturing
Tuesday, 18 October 2016 12:06

Blackford Capital investment in Grand Equipment helps accelerate growth

Martin Stein always noticed Grand Equipment Co. alongside I-196 when he drove through Hudsonville.

Published in M&A Award Profiles

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