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CenterOak wraps up inaugural fund at $420 mln

Dallas-based middle market private equity firm CenterOak Partners has closed its oversubscribed debut fund at a hard cap of $420 million, beating its $350 million target.

The limited partners of CenterOak Equity Fund I LP include top endowments, foundations and other institutional investors.

The firm targets companies in the consumer, business services and industrial growth sectors. It is seeking to make investments between $20 million and $90 million in businesses that have enterprise values of $50 million to $250 million.

Among the firm’s recent transactions is its acquisition of Spokane, Washington-based Cascade Windows Inc, a maker of vinyl windows and doors for an undisclosed amount.

CenterOak has also made investments in a number of companies that include Broken Arrow, Oklahoma-based BlackHawk Industrial, a provider of industrial products and equipment; Phoenix, Arizona-based Eberle Design, a maker of traffic signal control products; and Greenville, South Carolina-based apparel company Southern Tide.

Credit Suisse Private Fund Group worked as placement agent for CenterOak Fund I.

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