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Cleveland venture capital and private equity firm MPE Partners has acquired Cantrell, a Gainesville, Georgia-based manufacturer of equipment and systems for the poultry processing industry.

  • Cantrell will join Gainco, a division of MPE's portfolio company, Birmingham, Ohio-based Bettcher Industries Inc., to form a leading national provider of poultry processing equipment and parts.
  • Cantrell’s General Manager of Sales Dane Woods and General Manager of Finance/Operations Tony Rice will remain as general managers when the companies merge.
  • BakerHostetler served as legal adviser to MPE on the deal.