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March 19, 2019

BlueTree's big 2018: A unicorn, strong exits and new investors

By Jayne Gest

It’s been an exciting and unprecedented year for Catherine Mott and BlueTree Capital, including her venture fund's first unicorn holding.

March 14, 2019

Irwin Car’s Bill Baker: Find synergies in your acquisition strategy

After doing nearly 60 deals throughout his career, Bill Baker knows himself. He’s a niche strategist who looks to buy companies where one-and-one makes three.

March 14, 2019

Incline Equity’s Continental Batteries gets a boost, buys Battery Sales & Service

Continental Batteries, a battery distributor and a portfolio company of Pittsburgh private equity firm Incline Equity Partners, is acquiring Battery Sales & Service in its sixth acquisition in just over seven months.

March 14, 2019

Ampco-Pittsburgh plans to sell ASW Steel

Ampco-Pittsburgh Corp. is set to sell its Canadian subsidiary, ASW Steel Inc. ASW, a specialty steel-making facility located in Welland, Ontario, has been classified as a discontinued operation

March 13, 2019

Highmark, Geisinger complete $100M clinical joint venture

Health care companies Highmark Inc. and Geisinger have completed their previously announced clinical joint venture, which will invest more than $100 million to expand health care services and improve access to healthcare in four north-central Pennsylvania counties.

March 13, 2019

PNC to sell part of its record-keeping business to Newport Group

The transaction will enable PNC to focus on providing fiduciary investment advice to retirement clients — one of its core businesses — while helping Newport expand through the complementary acquisition.

March 11, 2019

NeuBase Therapeutics gets $9M in financing

NeuBase Therapeutics Inc., a Pittsburgh biotechnology company developing antisense therapies to address rare genetic diseases, has landed $9 million in financing ahead of the company’s proposed merger with Ohr Pharmaceutical Inc.

March 11, 2019

Army gives Carnegie Mellon $72M to fund AI defense research

Carnegie Mellon University, specifically its Combat Capabilities Development Command Army Research Laboratory, is being awarded $72 million from the U.S. Army over five years for fundamental (publishable) artificial intelligence research.

March 7, 2019

IAM Robotics’ Joel Reed: Finding capital and talent in a competitive robotics industry

The robotics industry remains in flux, especially as methods for fulfilling consumer orders continue to evolve. But Pittsburgh — and companies like IAM Robotics — is at the center of it all.

March 5, 2019

WESCO closes Sylvania Lighting purchase

WESCO Services, LLC, a subsidiary of Wesco International, has acquired certain assets of Sylvania Lighting Solutions from OSRAM Sylvania, including its business operations in the United States and Canada.

February 28, 2019

Integrating acquisitions isn’t one size fits all for L.B. Foster

CEO Bob Bauer breaks down L.B. Foster's unique integration approach to three different acquisitions.

February 28, 2019

Adrich gets seed funding from Sony

Sony Innovation Fund invests in maker of labels that track consumer behavior.

February 27, 2019

RDX acquires ClearDB in second February deal for cloud services firm

Managed database and cloud services provider RDX has acquired ClearDB as part of an aggressive strategic expansion of the RDX service portfolio.

February 25, 2019

Maitri Medicinals raises nearly $7M from angel investors

The medical marijuana company reportedly will use the funds to establish additional dispensaries, an indoor growing facility and the relocate its headquarters.

February 6, 2019

The rise of corporate venture funding

Pittsburgh’s old industrial companies are paying attention to startups and Idea Foundry CEO Mike Matesic thinks the surge in corporate venture funding bodes well for local M&A activity. We spoke with Matesic about how corporations and startups are working together to grow Pittsburgh’s economy.

January 9, 2019

August Carlino on negotiating, risk and preserving a legacy

August Carlino talks about what gets his blood pumping, the Rivers of Steel's acquisition of RiverQuest and his advice for other dealmakers.

December 19, 2018

Best practices to follow and pitfalls to avoid with your next acquisition

So, you think you know what it takes to buy a business? With the range of available financing options and a red-hot M&A market, there’s a lot to consider. Finance-minded experts and entrepreneurs share their experiences at ASPIRE 2018.

December 7, 2018

Tecum Capital’s Stephen Gurgovits Jr.

Tecum Capital Managing Director Stephen Gurgovits Jr. talks about Tecum's evolution as an investment firm, it's appetite for risk and one of his most memorable deals.

November 20, 2018

Liquidity events aren’t just about money

After Arnie Burchianti sold a majority stake in Celtic Healthcare to Graham, he used the capital to supercharge his business. It grew from $30 million to more than $200 million in five years.

November 9, 2018

Choosing a strategic buyer pays off for Walsh Equipment family

It was bittersweet for Charles Walsh to no longer see his family’s name on their construction equipment dealership. But by all accounts, the sale to Stephenson Equipment Inc. in 2017 has been a success.

October 25, 2018

A look into the wild world of raising capital

Three dealmakers with different experiences raising capital came together in a panel discussion at ASPIRE 2018 to discuss the ins and outs of funding.

October 12, 2018

Advanced Robotics in Manufacturing Institute’s Suzy Teele

Entrepreneur Suzy Teele has helped at least 50 companies grow into market leaders, either as a consultant, adviser or executive. In this Q&A, she talks about how entrepreneurs can build relationships to create partnerships or find investors to grow their companies.

September 27, 2018

Managing the six stages of the sale process

Ideally, there are six stages to selling a business. When a deal isn’t successful, one of those stages was likely derailed. Four experts take a look at those six stages, including their advice on best practices and avoiding pitfalls.

August 28, 2018

The whys and hows of buying a business

When growing through acquisition, it’s imperative that the acquisition is the right company at the right price with the right integration strategy. That way you can make sure the company strengthens your existing business and accelerates your business goals.

August 10, 2018

Metz Lewis’ Chris Brodman

Metz Lewis partner Chris Brodman talks about deal-killing issues and the principles of successful dealmakers.

July 25, 2018

Two approaches to ownership change

Howard W. “Hoddy” Hanna III, chairman of Hanna Holdings Inc., has experienced ownership transfer amongst his family, and Audrey Dunning, senior vice president at CGI, facilitated the sale of the company she led. They share their perspectives on the process.

June 25, 2018

A look at the Pittsburgh environment for raising capital

Four of Pittsburgh’s prominent business leaders share their experiences on the front lines of M&A in an environment of rising valuations. The higher prices are being driven in part by private equity-backed portfolio companies that buy strategically and do add-ons to other deals, as well as family offices with money to spend and a will to do direct acquisitions.

May 24, 2018

A dive into today’s aggressive deal market

Four of Pittsburgh’s prominent business leaders share their experiences on the front lines of M&A in an environment of rising valuations.

April 27, 2018

Forward progress: The State of Technology in Pittsburgh

From material science, life science and data centers to energy technology and research on artificial intelligence and social ventures, Pittsburgh is on the cutting edge of technology in many sectors.