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ITW Sells Majority Stake in Surfaces Div to PE Firm

New owners to form independent surfaces business under Wilsonart name. Read more

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What Is Private Equity? Will It Work for You?

Matt Ogden explains what private equity funds do and whether they're a good fit for your company. Read more

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The Gores Group Buys Remaining Interest in Stock

Stock Building Supply announced that The Gores Group, a private equity firm which already controls a majority stake in the company, has purchased the remaining minority interest in the dealer from Wolseley Plc. Read more

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BlackEagle Partners Acquires Lyman Lumber

BlackEagle Partners, the private equity firm that created and owns US LBM, acquired the Midwest operations of Lyman Holding Co. The acquisition involves Lyman Lumber's location in Chanhassen, Minn., and its various subsidiaries, including Automated Building Components, Carpentry Contractors Corp., and Lyman Lumber of Wisconsin. The company will become part of US LBM. Read more

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Jim Sobeck's Merger and Acquisition Tips, Part II: Financing the Acquisition

There are a number of ways to go about financing a deal once terms and prices have been negotiated, said Jim Sobeck. From equity to seller financing, you need to pick the way to finance that best suits your resources, as well as your wants and desires. How would you finance a merger and acquisition? Read more

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Apax Concludes Activant/Epicor Acquisitions

The private equity firm Apax Partners announced it completed the acquisitions of Activant Solutions Inc., the No. 1 software firm in construction supply, as well as Epicor Software Corp. Apax then merged the two companies under the Epicor brand name. Read more

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Canadian Equity Firm Buys 39% Stake in Jeld-Wen

Onex Corp., one of Canada's biggest private equity firms, will invest $675 million and acquire a 39% stake in Jeld-Wen Holding Inc., the Oregon-based window and door manufacturer. Read more

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Activant's Future Is Murky After Acquisition, Merger by Equity Firm

Activant's standing as the LBM industry's biggest computer systems provider--indeed, even its future as an operation with that name--has come into question now that the firm has entered into an agreement to be acquired by Apax Partners, a private equity firm with a heavy emphasis on technology investments. Read more

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Activant Agrees To Acquisition

Activant, a leading technology provider of business management solutions for the LBM industry, has entered into an agreement to be acquired by Apax Partners, a private equity firm with a heavy emphasis on technology investments, Apax announced today. Activant will be merged with Epicor Software, another company Apax agreed to acquire, to create a global business software solutions provider. Read more

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Equity Firm Buys FL-Based American Builders Supply

A unit of the private equity firm Blue Wolf Capital Partners LLC announced it has acquired substantially all the assets of American Builders Supply (ABS), a Florida-based independent supplier of doors, windows, and trusses. Read more

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