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December 6, 2019

Berlin Packaging Completes Novio Packaging Acquisition

By Mark Scott

The combined businesses will end 2019 with annual sales in excess of $1.5 billion, more than 130 sales and warehouse locations across North America and Europe, and a portfolio of more than 40,000 glass, plastic, and metal container and closure items.

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December 6, 2019

JLL Income Property Trust Buys AZ-Based Distribution Center In $31M Deal

Chandler Distribution Center is a 211,000-square-foot, Class A industrial asset located in the southeast submarket of Phoenix.

December 4, 2019

Pondera Holdings Leads $31M AutoPets Recap

The investment is intended to accelerate the company's growth, as well as provide a liquidity event to the founders of the business.

November 12, 2019

Longaberger intellectual property sold

Xcel Brands Inc. and Chicago-based Hilco Global have acquired the intellectual property of Longaberger. Xcel Brands, a media and consumer products company, will manage the American heritage home and collectibles brand out of its New York City headquarters going forward.

November 12, 2019

Threekit Closes $20M Series A Round

The funding round was led by Shasta Ventures. Additional investors include Salesforce Ventures, former San Francisco 49ers quarterback and Hall of Famer Steve Young, Marketo Co-Founder Phil Fernandez and serial SaaS entrepreneur Godard Abel.

October 29, 2019

Proper Rate Is New Joint Venture For Guaranteed Rate, @properties

The new company, which plans to launch early in 2020, intends to deliver a high-end, customer-focused retail mortgage lending experience and drive growth in select markets around the country.

October 16, 2019

Perfect Home Services To Buy Able Heating & Cooling

Able Heating & Cooling owners Pete and Sherry Manthe will remain with the business for the next couple of years to ensure a smooth transition for their customers.

October 1, 2019

Golub & Co. Buys Chicago Loop Office Tower Burnham Center

Golub & Co. plans to refresh the tenant amenities, which include a fitness center, private tenant lounge, and conferencing facilities. Ground-floor retail includes a mix of national and regional tenants.

September 18, 2019

Idelic raises $8M Series A round

Idelic, a Pittsburgh-based data and analytics startup, closed an $8 million Series A financing round, led by Chicago’s Origin Ventures with participation from TDF Ventures, Birchmere Ventures, Bain Capital Ventures and SaaS Venture Capital. Idelic will use the funds to grow its engineering and sales teams, and pave the way to release a mobile application.

September 10, 2019

Kraft Heinz venture fund invests in cheese startup

New Culture, the San Francisco startup making animal-free dairy cheese, closed $3.5 million in seed round funding. The round was led by Evolv Ventures, the $100 million venture fund backed by Kraft Heinz investing in emerging tech companies transforming the food industry.

September 10, 2019

McDonald’s Invests In Voice Technology, Buys Apprente

The Apprente team will be the founding members of a new, integrated, internal group within McDonald's Global Technology team called McD Tech Labs.

August 28, 2019

First Midwest To Buy Park Bank In $195M Deal

Park Bank is one of the largest independent commercial banks in Milwaukee with approximately $1 billion of total assets, $815 million of deposits — of which approximately 85% are core deposits — and $700 million of loans.

August 22, 2019

SpotHero Announces $50M In Series D Funding, Closing In On $1B In All-Time Sales

The company offers the largest place to buy and sell parking in North America and has helped digitize nearly 7,000 parking facilities in the U.S. and Canada.

August 2, 2019

Navigant to be bought by Guidehouse for $1.1B

Chicago-based consulting firm Navigant Consulting Inc. is set to be acquired by Guidehouse, a Washington D.C.-based management consulting firm for $1.1 billion.

July 22, 2019

Etsy To Buy Reverb In $275M Deal

Acquiring the leading online marketplace for new, used and vintage musical instruments will enable Etsy to expand into a new vertical with a company that has a similar strategy and business model.

July 16, 2019

Built In Closes $22M Series C Funding

This is the second-largest round of funding in Chicago raised by a woman CEO leading a digital technology company, according to Pitchbook.

July 16, 2019

Middleby Buys Packaging Progressions Inc.

Packaging Progressions is a $30 million Pennsylvania-based provider of automated packaging technologies for customers in the protein and bakery segments.

June 28, 2019

Livongo Health files for IPO

The startup — co-founded by Chicago entrepreneur Glenn Tullman, former CEO of AllScripts — is expected to attain a valuation of more than $1 billion.

June 25, 2019

Cameo Closes $50M Series B Round

Funds from the new round, led by Kleiner Perkins, will be used for platform enhancements and an expansion of the company's U.S. and international footprint.

June 18, 2019

Crate and Barrel Buys Hudson Grace

Founded in 2012 by veteran retailers Monelle Totah and Gary McNatton, Hudson Grace is known for modern tabletop and entertaining products evoking the coastal California lifestyle.

June 13, 2019

Accel Entertainment Bought By PE Firm TPG

TPG Pace Holdings Corp., the acquiring entity, will retain the Accel Entertainment name and will be a publicly listed company focusing on gaming-as-a-service.

June 12, 2019

Spring Labs Raises $23M in Series A Funding for Auto Loan Blockchain Work

The round was led by GreatPoint Ventures out of San Francisco with significant participation from existing investors, including August Capital, as well as GM Ventures, the corporate venture capital arm of Detroit’s General Motors.

June 10, 2019

Aptar acquires Nanopharm and Gateway Analytical

AptarGroup has acquired two pharmaceutical services companies for a combined value of approximately $50 million. The acquisitions are part of the Crystal Lake company’s strategy to broaden its portfolio of services.

June 7, 2019

John Paul DeJoria buys Former McDonald’s HQ Site

The entrepreneur will assume ownership of the 80-acre site that includes the McDonald’s former campus office building, Hamburger University training facility and The Hyatt Lodge.

June 4, 2019

Boeing HorizonX Ventures invests in drone servicer Robotic Skies

This deal builds on a previously announced collaboration with Robotic Skies, Boeing Global Services and its subsidiaries to provide enhanced commercial unmanned aircraft system services.

June 4, 2019

Revolution Enterprises Completes HempVet Acquisition

HempVet is a national brand in the pet product market with more than 35 years of product development experience and an online and national retail distribution footprint.

May 29, 2019

PEAK6 Acquires Seattle-based Evil Geniuses

New acquisition maintains a roster of popular gaming titles including “Dota 2,” “Call of Duty,” “Rocket League,” “Fortnite” and “Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six.”

May 20, 2019

Snapsheet Closes $29M in Series E Funding

The round was led by Seattle-based Tola Capital with participation from new investors Nationwide and State Auto Labs in Columbus and Memphis-based Sedgwick.