Founded in 2000, Blackford Capital is a private equity investment firm headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Since 2010, Blackford has grown its work force from 4 to 18 employees. In 2016, and again in 2017, Blackford Capital was recognized by Inc. 5000 as one of America’s fastest growing private businesses.
Blackford currently owns and oversees 11 portfolio companies, which have aggregate revenues of over $450 million, 2,300 employees, and operate in 10 states and 4 countries. In the past 5 years, Blackford has reviewed more than 20,000 transactions, completed detailed analysis on 1,500 companies, visited 150 possible acquisition opportunities, and completed 16 majority-control and 5 minority-control investments.
Blackford distinguishes itself from other private equity firms by its extensive deal sourcing process, disciplined investment criteria, rigorous business model reconfiguration, and its unique approach to relational investing.