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
“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.