Blackthorne Partners acquires Columbus company

Special to The Freeman

March 25, 2014

BROOKFIELD – Blackthorne Partners Ltd. has acquired Hughes Company, a Columbus-based manufacturer and international distributor of stainless steel equipment for the food processing industry.

Business executive Ross Lund was also involved in the acquisition and will become president and chief executive officer of the company.

“We have aggressive growth goals for the company, which I know we can achieve based on the company's existing staff of highly skilled and dedicated employees, our existing manufacturing technology, and the new resources we will bring to the operation,” Lund said in a statement. “Through investments in our people and in technology, we will help our customers become even more productive.”

The company is now known as Hughes Equipment Company, LLC.

John Syburg, a managing director at Blackthorne Partners, said the company is well positioned for growth.
“Hughes Equipment Company has an impressive lineup of highly reliable products, unparalleled customer service, and an incredibly talented staff,” he said in a statement. “We are confident we can build on that great foundation, and meet our customers' needs to an even greater degree.”

Jeff Powell, the former president and owner, will retain an interest in the company and serve as a consultant to Lund, according to the announcement. In addition, Hughes Equipment Co. will remain in its 60,000-square-foot facility in Columbus, which is able to handle additional company growth, Lund said.