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September 05, 2017 (Grand Rapids, Mich.) — A local private equity firm has closed its first acquisitions. Grand Rapids-based Auxo Investment Partners, which was launched last October by a pair of former Blackford Capital execs and an entrepreneur, said it acquired a pair of Midwest tool-and-die manufacturers. Auxo added Indiana-based Atlas Die and Rochester Hills-based Bernal as its first portfolio companies.

September 05, 2017 (Grand Rapids, Mich.) — Private equity firm Auxo Investment Partners (www.auxopartners.com) announced today that it has made its first acquisitions with the purchases of Atlas Die LLC and Bernal LLC, two market leaders in the die manufacturing industry.

Sep 03, 2017 — Closing on its first acquisitions should provide private equity firm Auxo Investment Partners momentum as it pursues additional deals in an active M&A market. The Grand Rapids-based Auxo, which formed last fall, acquired Atlas Die LLC of Elkhart, Ind. and Bernal LLC, based in Rochester Hills, north of Detroit.

September 05, 2017 (Elkhart, Ind.) — an Elkhart-based manufacturer is now under new ownership. Michigan-based private equity firm Auxo Investment Partners has acquired Atlas Die LLC and its subsidiary, Bernal LLC, also based in Michigan. Atlas Die is the largest manufacturer of cutting dies in the United States. The company employs 160 in six facilities throughout the country. Atlas acquired Bernal, which employs 64 in Michigan, in 2013.

September 05, 2017 (Grand Rapids, Mich.) — Private equity firm Auxo Investment Partners (www.auxopartners.com) announced today that it has made its first acquisitions with the purchases of Atlas Die LLC and Bernal LLC, two market leaders in the die manufacturing industry. "Excitement always surrounds the first acquisition -- but with our growing momentum and the support of well-established investor-partners, it's clear that we have put together a unique formula for success," Fred Tedori, Managing Partner, said. “I congratulate the Auxo team – of which I am proud to be a member – and welcome the Atlas and Bernal teams into our family.”

Jun 11, 2017 — Private equity investments in Michigan grew in 2016 with an increase in both deals and the amount of capital invested. Part of the growth in private equity investments in Michigan and nationally stems from a greater awareness of private equity and an improving reputation for the industry. "At least in West Michigan, private equity has become more well-known in recent years," said Jeff Helminski, a managing partner at Auxo Investment Partners, which formed last fall.