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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.

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GRAND RAPIDS — Blackford Capital has entered the baking business.

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

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GRAND RAPIDS — After purposely avoiding deals in the automotive industry, private equity firm Blackford Capital has shifted its strategy with the acquisition of a Southeast Michigan supplier.  

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M&A activity remains strong heading toward the last quarter of 2015, sustaining a seller’s market as financial and strategic buyers compete for good deals.

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While venture capital and angel investing continue to build in Michigan, the state still has gaps in other forms of later-stage capital, according to a recent analysis.

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As West Michigan’s public companies have been involved in recent deals totalling in excess of $12 billion, it’s further evidence that the region is competing in a global market. That was one key takeaway from the panel discussion at the inaugural MiBiz M&A, Deals and Dealmakers Awards.

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Formation of an advisory panel led by former Gov. John Engler provides added muscle as private equity firm Blackford Capital scouts for and vets deals across Michigan.

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The “buy local” message has been working well for Blackford Capital.

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