Closed Deal Announcement – Peakstone Advises Kickapoo Valley Cheese on Sale to Biery Cheese



M&A Advisor

November 2013. Kickapoo Valley Cheese Corporation (“Kickapoo”) has completed the sale of the company to Biery Cheese Company of Louisville, Ohio. Kickapoo, based in Sherry, Wisconsin, is a cheese packaging company that provides a variety of specialty slicing and packaging services.  Kickapoo’s services include slicing and packaging cheese in shingles and stacks, party trays, cubes, chunks and wedges. Kickapoo works …
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Closed Deal Announcement – Peakstone Advises GMSP on Sale to Hoffmaster



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September 2013. Graphic Management Specialty Products, Inc. (“GMSP”) has completed the sale of the company to Hoffmaster Group, Inc. GMSP, based in Oconto, Wisconsin, is a leading provider of high-quality tabletop products to the healthcare and food service markets, as well the food packaging and contract manufacturing industries. Hoffmaster Group, Inc., a portfolio company of Metalmark Capital, is a leading North American …
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Closed Deal Announcement – Peakstone Advises Pivotal 5, Inc. on the Acquisition of Lifeline USA and Arranged the Financing for the Transaction



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September 2013.  Pivotal 5, Inc. (“Pivotal 5”) has announced the purchase of fitness brand Lifeline USA, a leading supplier of professional-grade functional fitness training equipment.  Pivotal 5’s marketing, commercialization and sales capabilities will enable Lifeline to continue expanding its brand worldwide.  Pivotal 5 and Lifeline have been long-time partners in both product supply and retail distribution.  RLJ Credit Opportunity Fund provided the financing for the transaction.   The …
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The Peakstone Group Adds Managing Director

July 2013.  Cathy Jaros joins The Peakstone Group as a Managing Director focusing on food and consumer products companies.  Cathy has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions and strategic corporate development.  Her clients include food and packaged goods, healthy ingredients, technology and manufacturing companies.  She has led engagements for Fortune 500 and smaller companies, public and private companies and has …
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Peakstone Creates Real Estate Investment Banking Practice led by David R. Brown

March 2013.  The Peakstone Group, the Chicago-based investment bank, has created a new Real Estate Investment Banking Practice headed by industry veteran, David R. Brown, joining Peakstone as Managing Director. Over his 27-year professional real estate career, David has been in a leadership position with some of the world’s top real estate companies including ORIX Real Estate Capital (where he …
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Closed Deal Announcement – Peakstone Advises Wind Tower Manufacturer on Growth Capital Transaction



Growth Financing

February 2013. Johnson Plate & Tower Fabrication, Inc. (“JPTF”), a steel fabricator with a significant focus on the wind power industry, has completed a growth capital financing to support a forecasted increase in wind tower production following the recent extension of the Production Tax Credit and other strategic initiatives. The Peakstone Group served as JPTF’s exclusive financial advisor in connection …
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Closed Deal Announcement – Peakstone Advises Paine & Partners on Acquisition of Northwest Agri Products



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Closed Deal Announcement – Peakstone Advises Wafra Partners on Acquisition of Phelps Industries



M&A Advisor

January 2013.  The Peakstone Group served as exclusive financial advisor to Wafra Partners, LLC (“Wafra”) on its acquisition of Phelps Industries, LLC.  Peakstone worked closely with Wafra to identify a platform acquisition in the fast growing pet treat and chews segment of the multi-billion dollar pet food industry. Ryan Wierck, Managing Director of Wafra said, “Phelps is an ideal platform …
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Closed Deal Announcement – Peakstone Advises Protectoseal on Acquisition of Electronic Systems Design



M&A Advisor

December 2012. The Peakstone Group served as exclusive financial advisor to The Protectoseal Company (“Protectoseal”) on its acquisition of Electronic Systems Design, Inc. Jim Honan, President of Protectoseal said, “Electronic Systems Design is a strategic acquisition that adds a complementary product offering that we can sell to our existing customers throughout the world. Peakstone understood our business and strategy, delivered …
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The Peakstone Group Adds Managing Director

November 2012.  Brad Curtis joins The Peakstone Group as a Managing Director primarily focusing on the consumer sector. Brad has spent most of his career working with privately-held, middle market businesses in a wide range of consumer segments including consumer healthcare, personal care, OTC pharmaceuticals, pet products, juvenile products, food and beverage, private label, and apparel. Prior to joining Peakstone, …
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