October 1, 2017 – Dennis Dunn, Managing Member of D2 Equity Capital, LLC has joined Blackford Capital as an Operating Partner, and will continue to maintain his office in the San Diego, California area. Dennis’ primary responsibilities will include origination, execution and monitoring of transactions within Blackford’s National Growth Practice, a geographic expansion initiative outside of the firm’s legacy focus in the Great Lakes Region. As part of this working arrangement, D2 will devote all of the firm’s resources on an exclusive basis in furtherance of Blackford’s acquisition strategy and portfolio management activities. In addition to serving in a leading role on acquisitions which are underway, Dennis has also assumed board roles on two existing Blackford portfolio companies.

Founded in 2000, Blackford Capital is a private equity firm that acquires, manages and grows middle-market manufacturing, distribution, and service companies. The middle-market private equity firm combines detailed due diligence and operational experience with the seasoned M&A expertise of a traditional financial buyer. Blackford Capital is headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and has been recognized as one of America’s fastest growing companies by Inc. 5000 in 2016 and 2017. For information on the firm, please visit www.blackfordcapital.com.

Blackford Capital Investment Criteria

SALES: $20MM – $100MM
EBITDA: $2MM – $20MM
INDUSTRY: Low-tech manufacturing/distribution and service companies
MANAGEMENT: Founder or family-owned management teams that are looking to grow, but will consider other situations
PROFITABILTY: Proven profitability for last three years with future expectations of positive, stable cash flows
GEOGRAPHY: Continental United States (may consider Canada)