GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Sept. 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Blackford Capital, a national private equity firm headquartered in Grand Rapids, Mich., today announced that it has been named a finalist in 10 award categories, including National Private Equity Firm of the Year, by The M&A Advisor. Blackford Capital's founder and managing director, Martin Stein, was also named as a finalist for Private Equity Professional of the Year.
Additionally, the firm was named a finalist for the following deals:
- Private Equity Deal of the Year, M&A Deal of the Year, and Materials Deal of the Year for its acquisition of Quality Aluminum Products
- Private Equity Deal of the Year and Industrials Deal of the Year for its acquisition of Grand Equipment
- Equity Financing of the Year and Private Equity Deal of the Year for its financing of portfolio company Staging Concepts and their acquisition of Architectural Railings & Grilles
- Corporate and Strategic Acquisition of the Year for portfolio company Grand Transformers' acquisition of Warner Power
"We are honored to again be recognized as finalists for a variety of awards by The M&A Advisor. Our talented team produced an outstanding year of results through their hard work and dedication, and we are always appreciative of recognition from such a highly regarded and credible publication in our industry," said Martin Stein, Blackford Capital's founder and managing director. "We have not only accomplished but exceeded many of our goals this year, with impressive acquisitions from our Michigan Prosperity Fund I and our National Growth Practice. We are excited to continue our pursuit of economic growth and job creation efforts in the communities and industries that we serve throughout Michigan and the U.S."
This honor continues Blackford's long history of excellence in the merger and acquisition industry. The firm was awarded with the 2015 Deal of the Year by The M&A Advisor for its acquisition of Amtech Corporation and their subsequent merger with McClarin Plastics. Additionally, Joseph Presutti, an associate at the firm, was recognized as an Emerging Leader by The M&A Advisor in 2016.
The winners for the 2016 M&A Advisor awards will be announced at a gala on Wednesday, November 9, 2016, at the New York Athletic Club.
"Since the inception of the M&A Advisor Awards in 2002, we have been recognizing the leading dealmakers, firms and transactions. And each year we celebrate the creativity, perseverance and ingenuity of our industry's professionals," said David Fergusson, president and co-chief executive officer of The M&A Advisor. "While our industry has undergone significant transformation since our first awards were presented 14 years ago, we are convinced, more than ever before, that M&A is a driving force of the economy. It is truly an honor for our firm to be able to recognize the contribution that the 2016 award finalists have made."
For more information, and for a detailed list of all of the Award Finalists for the 15th Annual M&A Advisor awards, please visit www.maadvisor.com or contact The M&A Advisor at 212-951-1550.
About Blackford Capital
Winner of the 2015 M&A Advisor Deal of the Year award, Blackford Capital is a private equity firm based in Grand Rapids, Mich., that acquires, manages and builds family-owned, lower middle-market manufacturing, distribution and service companies, with 11 portfolio companies across the country. The firm has offices in Grand Rapids (headquarters) and Santa Monica, CA. Blackford reviewed roughly 4,500 transactions in 2015, and has closed over 40 transactions in the past ten years. The firm's investment criteria includes mature, profitable businesses with revenues between $20 million and $100 million, with management teams that are either willing to remain with the company or are seeking to retire. For more information, visit www.blackfordcapital.com.
About The M&A Advisor
The M&A Advisor was founded in 1998 to offer insights and intelligence on mergers and acquisitions through the industry's leading publication. Today, the firm is recognized as the world's premier "think tank" and leadership organization for M&A, restructuring and financing professionals, providing a range of integrated services including: M&A Advisor Forums and Summits; M&A Advisor Market Intelligence; M&A.TV.; M&A Advisor Live; M&A Advisor Awards; and M&A Advisor Connects. For additional information about The M&A Advisor's leadership services visit www.maadvisor.com.
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