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 121 employees. In 2017 and again in 2018, Blackford Capital and Blackford Portfolio Companies were recognized by Inc. 5000 as some of America’s fastest-growing private businesses.
Blackford currently owns and oversees 13 portfolio companies, which have aggregate revenues of over $500 million, 2,300 employees, and operate in 10 states and 4 countries. Blackford has reviewed more than 27,000 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.