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NEWS & ACHIEVEMENTS ARCHIVE

2018

2017

The M&A Advisor – Deal of the Year
Inc. 5000 – America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies
MiBiz – Executive of the Year (Martin Stein)
The M&A Advisor – Emerging Leader Award (James Cook)
MiBiz – 2018 Outlook: Martin Stein, Blackford Capital
MiBiz – More Michigan companies open to PE, as deal flow, investment rises
MiBiz – Grand Rapids PE-backed firm acquires Tennessee book printing company
MiBiz – Stein’s ‘tenacity’ drives dealmaking for Blackford Capital
MiBiz – M&A Roundtable: Executives share bright outlook for the M&A market in West Michigan
PR Newswire – Blackford Capital Exits Key Health
PR Newswire – Blackford Capital Announces Aaron Day as CEO and John Ruther as CFO of Dickinson Middle Market
PR Newswire – Blackford Capital Recognized for Talented Investment Team
PR Newswire – Blackford Capital Announces the Acquisition of Church Hill, Tenn. based Kingsport Book
PR Newswire – Blackford Capital Invests in Ellison Bakery, Inc. National Private Equity Firm Invests in Industrial Bakery
PR Newswire – Blackford Capital Acquires Snowhite Hospitality Private Equity Firm Bolsters Momentum of Midwestern Hospitality Company
Inc.com – The Power of Partnering With a Private Equity Firm
Grand Rapids Business Journal – M&A exec wins Deal Professional of the Year award
Grand Rapids Business Journal – Holding company acquires book maker
Grand Rapids Business Journal – Private equity firm appoints execs for portfolio company
Grand Rapids Business Journal – Private equity firm acquires tool-and-die companies
Grand Rapids Business Journal – Private equity firm exits portfolio company
Grand Rapids Business Journal – West Michigan produces 29 of fastest-growing private companies in US
Grand Rapids Business Journal – Private equity firm invests in industrial bakery
Grand Rapids Business Journal – Private equity firm acquires hospitality company

2016

2015

MLive WALKER PICKED TO PILOT ‘GAP’ TRANSPORTATION PROJECT ALONG THREE MILE INDUSTRIAL CORRIDOR
LBO WIRE – BLACKFORD CAPITAL SEEKS SOPHOMORE FUND FOR MICHIGAN
MLive – MICHIGAN EQUITY FIRM BUYS HUDSONVILLE EQUIPMENT DISTRIBUTOR
Blackford Capital – BLACKFORD CAPITAL’S MICHIGAN PROSPERITY FUND ACQUIRES GRAND EQUIPMENT
RER – BLACKFORD CAPITAL ACQUIRES MICHIGAN’S GRAND EQUIPMENT
Crain’s Detroit Business OAK PARK COMPANY TOOK TIME TO VET BEFORE SELLING TO PE
Grand Rapids Business Journal – BEAUTE IS HAPPY TO BLAZE TRAILS IN THE FINANCIAL SERVICES INDUSTRY
PR Newswire – BLACKFORD CAPITAL’S BURGAFLEX NORTH AMERICA APPOINTS ERIK ROEREN AS CEO
Blackford Capital – STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES LEARN VALUABLE SKILLS ON THE JOB
Blackford Capital – Grand Rapids Firm Lands Co-Founder Of billion-dollar private equity fund
Blackford Capital – Shot In Arm For Plaintiffs: Key Health Picks Up Medical Tab in Exchange For Potential Lawsuit Payout
Blackford Capital Custom Profile Wins Best of MichBUiness Award
Blackford CapitalBlackford Capital Appoints Jeffrey W. Johnson as Managing Director
FundFire – U.S. Bucks Global Private Equity Slump
YDRNew CEO at McClarin Plastics in Hanover Area has Growth Strategy
PR NewswireBlackford Capital’s Staging Concepts Acquires Architectural Railings & Grilles
Printing ImpressionsBlackford Capital’s Michigan Prosperity Fund Acquires Dickinson Press
MiBizBurgaflex NA as MiBiz 2014 “Deal of the Year”
Grand Rapids Business Journal Private Equity Fund Acquires Printer
PR NewswireBlackford Capital’s Michigan Prosperity Fund Acquires Dickinson Press
MiBiz – Blackford Capital Acquires 130-year-old bookmaker
mLiveGrand Rapids Joins Big Leagues: Ranks 3rd in Nation for Economic Growth
Grand Rapids Business JournalBlackford Makes Michigan’s 50 Companies to Watch List
Grand Rapids, Mich. – Blackford Capital’s Amtech Corporation Merges With McClarin Plastics, Inc
Grand Rapids Business JournalBlackford Recognized as a West Michigan Company to Watch
Michigan Celebrates Small Business – Michigan Celebrates Small Business Announces Award Winner to be Honored on May 7 in Lansing

2014

Rapid GrowthPlenty of Job Openings as Manufacturing Expands in Michigan
Grand Rapids Business JournalInside Track: Perseverance Trumps Upbringing for Blackford Capital Director
MiBizEmotions Play Into M&A As Much As Price, Experts Say
MiBizBurgaflex Positioned for International Growth After Blackford Capital Deal
mLiveMichigan Prosperity Fund Investment Expected to Bring 350 Jobs to Fenton Company in the Next Decade
Detroit Free PressPrivate Equity Firm Backs Fenton-based Supplier Bugraflex
Reuters PE HubBlackford Capital Invests in Burgaflex North America 
Grand Rapids Business JournalPrivate Equity Firm Acquires Tube and Hose Maker
Dow Jones LBO WireBlackford Capital Backs Burgaflex 
MiBiz – Blackford Capital acquires Fenton-based manufacturer
MSN Money – Blackford Capital Announces Investment in Michigan-based Burgaflex North America
Market WatchBlackford Capital Announces Investment in Michigan-based Burgaflex North America
MiBiz – PE firms invested $6.7B in 50 Michigan companies
Grand Rapids, Mich. – Blackford Capital – Small Business of the Year/ EPIC Award Winner 2014
GRBJ.com – EPIC finalists have rich West Michigan tradition
Crain’s Detroit Business – Blackford Capital LLC/Mopec Inc. – Crain’s M&A Winner for Deal under $100 million
CNN Money – Private Equity Deals: Blackford Capital has acquired Grand Transformers Inc.
Venture Capital Post – Michigan-based Blackford Capital purchases Grand Transformers Inc
DBusiness Magazine – Blackford Capital Builds Michigan Prosperity Fund Portfolio
Reuters PE Hub – Blackford acquires Grand Transformers
Dow Jones LBO Wire – Blackford Capital Buys Grand Transformers
Power Transformer NewsManufacturer Grand Transformers acquired by Blackford Capital
Grand Rapids, Mich. – Blackford Capital Acquires Transformer Manufacturer Grand Transformers, Inc.

2013

Grand Rapids Business JournalJeff Helminski Named to 40 Under Forty Business Leaders
Crain’s Detroit BusinessMichigan Prosperity Fund Buys Mortuary Equipment Company
MiBiz – West Michigan Dealmaker’s Share Insights into Region’s Increasing Appetite for M&A
Grand Rapids, Mich. –  Martin Stein and Blackford Capital Win Dealmaker of the Year, Deal of the Year Awards
MiBizFormer Governor, Current Meijer Exec join Blackford Advisory Group
mLiveFormer Gov. John Engler Will Head Advisory Board to Grand Rapids-based Private Equity Firm
Dow Jones Engler To Lead Blackford Capital’s Michigan Prosperity Fund Advisory Board 
peHUBBlackford Capitals’ Michigan Prosperity Fund Names Former Michigan Governor Engler to Board
Grand Rapids, Mich. – Former Michigan Governor John Engler to Lead Blackford Capital’s Michigan Prosperity Fund Advisory Board
Pure MichiganMartin Stein: Returning Home and Investing in Michigan
Crain’s Detroit BusinessGR PE Fund Buys Oak Park Equipment Company
The Wall Street JournalBlackford Heads to the Morgue
mLiveBlackford Capital Hires Former Aspen Surgical President to run Detroit-based Mopec
The Oakland PressBlackford Capital Acquires Medical Equipment Maker Mopec
Grand Rapids Business JournalBlackford Capital Acquires Mopec
Dow Jones Blackford Acquires Maker of Pathology and Mortuary Equipment
Grand Rapids, Mich. – Blackford Capital Acquires Medical Equipment Maker Mopec, Inc.
The IQ ReportManufacturing Company Custom Profile Realizes 0 Shipping Errors for 3 Years with IQMs
The Atlanta Journal-ConstitutionGeorgia Dome has a New Look for Final Four
Crain’s Detroit Business – Back Home and Looking for Deals
Crain’s Detroit BusinessMoney At Home: Private Equity Deals on Rise in State – And Future Looks Bright
MiBiz Growth Report Amtech LLC Acquired Arrowhead Composites and Thermoplastics and Seeks Other Growth Opportunities in the Midwest
Wapato, WAAmtech LLC Acquires Arrowhead Composites and Thermoplastics

2012

2011

The Grand Rapids Press – Why Grand Rapids Could Be Michigan’s Hotbed for Investing in Startups
The Holland Sentinel Experts Share Investment Knowledge at Grand Valley State Conference
Industrial Distribution – Don’t Turn a Good Deal Sour
Grand Rapids, Mich. – Blackford Capital Uses Navatar Private Equity CRM for Salesforce.com to Gain Industry Leading Advantage
Star Tribune – Small Firms Think Big, Broaden Global Reach
Business Review West Michigan – Michigan Ranked 7th in the U.S. in Private Equity Deals in 2010
The Detroit News – More Private Equity Firms Target Michigan
The Grand Rapids Press Jandernoa Meeting Addresses CEO Weaknesses Program: Connects Young Executives with Seasoned Pros
InsideARM.com – Blackford Capital Acquires Medical Debt Buyer Key Health Medical
Corp! Magazine – Michigan Businesses Build Success At Home
MiBizNew Capital City West Michigan the Right Place as Investment Firm Finds New Home in Grand Rapids
LA Business Journal – Medical Debt Buyer Draws Some Healthy Interest
South Florida Business Journal First Capital Boosts Loans by $330M
Grand Rapids, MI – Blackford Capital Announces Acquisition of Key Health Medical Solutions, Inc
LA Business Journal – Health Care Finance Firm Key Health Medical Solutions is Acquired
Grand Rapids Business Journal – No employees? No problem. Stein Happy to be Home Again
BenzingaMichigan Economy Doing Better Than California?!
The River 100.5 FMCalifornia Private Equity Firm Moves to Grand Rapids – Brings Jobs!
Grand Rapids PressPrivate Equity Firm Headquarters Move from California to Grand Rapids
Rapid GrowthCalifornia Private Equity Firm Relocates Headquarters, Brings Seven Investment Jobs to Grand Rapids
The Business Relocation CoachCalif. Co. 2011 Disinvestment Event #78: Blackford Capital LLC
Grand Rapids, Mich.Blackford Capital Moves Headquarters to Grand Rapids, Mich
New York, N.Y.Blackford Capital Adopts Navatar Private Equity CRM Built on Salesforce.com’s Force.com Cloud Computing Platform – Private Equity Cloud Solution Can Be Implemented in Days, Without Professional Services
Minneapolis, MNStaging Concepts Launches New Website
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