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Huron Capital merges Bloomer Plastics with Optimum Plastics

Huron Capital Partners has merged portfolio companies Bloomer Plastics with Optimum Plastics. The newly combined company will retain the Optimum Plastics name and be led by Kevin Keneally, who will serve as CEO. Optimum Plastics will focus on developing more products in the plastics film market.

AVIC International buys PE-backed Align

AVIC International Holding (Zhuai) Company Limited has completed its acquisition of Align Aerospace Holding Inc. No financial terms were disclosed. Based in Chatsworth, California, Align, which was backed by Greenbriar Equity Group, is a provider of supply chain solutions for the aerospace sector.

Charterhouse exits Card Factory

Charterhouse Capital Partners LLP has sold its stake in Card Factory plc to unnamed investors. No financial terms were disclosed. Based in the UK, Card Factory is a greeting cards and gifts retailer.

TripHobo ropes in $3 mln Series B

India-based TripHobo, a platform for discovering user-generated travel itineraries, has raised $3 million in Series B funding. Mayfield and previous backer Kalaari Capital led the round.

Stone Arch Capital raises $200 mln for third private equity fund

Stone Arch Capital has closed its oversubscribed third private equity fund at a hard cap of $200 million. The target for Stone Arch Capital III was $175 million. According to the firm, it makes equity fundings in lower-middle market companies with revenues that usually average between $20 million and $150 million.

PC gaming service Raptr inks $14 mln

Mountain View, California-based PC gaming service Raptr has secured $14 million in funding. The investors were Advanced Micro Devices, Accel Partners, DAG Ventures and Tenaya Capital.

IBCF buys minority stake in Berry Aviation

San Marcos, Texas-based Berry Aviation Inc, a provider of air carrier and concierge services, has raised $24 million in funding. The investors included Independent Bankers Capital Fund III LP, which acquired a minority stake in Berry as a result of their investment.

NewSpring invests in USPack

NewSpring Capital has made an undisclosed investment in USPack Logistics. Based in New York City, USPack is a logistics company that provides same-day and next-day delivery services.

Vista backs Lone Wolf Real Estate Technologies

Vista Equity Partners has acquired a minority stake in Lone Wolf Real Estate Technologies Inc. No financial terms were disclosed. Lone Wolf is a provider of residential real estate software and solutions in North America.

IPC completes Bendon acquisition

Irving Place Capital has closed its buy of Ashland, Ohio-based Bendon Inc, a provider of children’s coloring and activity products. The seller was The Wicks Group. No financial terms were disclosed. Robert W. Baird & Company provided financial advice to Wicks on the transaction.

APS pulls in $12 mln Series C

Boston-based Advanced Practice Strategies Inc, an e-learning and talent management platform provider for clinicians, has closed $12 million in Series C funding. River Cities Capital Funds led the round with participation from Ascension Ventures.

Edtech company Monkimun nets $1 mln seed

Monkimun, a language learning startup based in San Francisco and Madrid, has raised $1 million in seed funding. The investors included 500 Startups, SHO-zemi Innovation Ventures, Incuvest and Lanzame Capital.

Blackford Capital’s Amtech merges with McClarin

Yakima, Washington-based Amtech Corp, a plastics components maker that is backed by Blackford Capital, has merged with Hanover, Pennsylvania-based McClarin Plastics Inc, another plastics components maker. The new company will be called McClarin Plastics LLC and be located in Hanover. No financial terms were disclosed. MB Financial Bank and Patriot Capital provided financing for the deal.

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