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Sun Capital Partners is looking to grow Calcium Products and Cresset adds ex-Goldman Sachs VP to team.

Morning!

We’re almost at zero day — tomorrow (Friday Feb. 12) is the deadline to send us your best exit from 2020 for our Deal of the Year awards. Submissions have already started trickling in this week (thanks to all those send them in early!)

Starting next week, editors from Buyouts and PE Hub will sequester in a symbolic smoky back room to go through the rigorous process of vetting the submissions. It’s not easy, Dear Reader, but we’re here for you.

Send me your awards submissions directly at cwitkowsky@buyoutsinsider.com. And go here for the rules and regulations.

Agtech: Sun Capital Partners is looking to grow Calcium Products, which manufactures soil fertilizers, through add-ons of agtech businesses and specialty micronutrients fertilizers and soil additives companies, writes Karishma Vanjani on PE Hub.

The goal is to provide the farmer with all the tools under one platform, Karishma writes.

The firm acquired Calcium Products from First Capital Partners in a deal that closed on New Year’s Eve. Read it here.

New hire: Cresset Asset Management hired Hanley Sayers as a partner, managing director and wealth advisor. Sayers formerly worked as a vice president with Goldman Sachs, where he worked with a group of high net worth families and individuals, foundations and endowments. Before, he worked as vice president and co-founder of Osprey Development. Check it out.

That’s it! Have a great rest of your day. Hit me up with tips n’ gossip, feedback or whatever at cwitkowsky@buyoutsinsider.com or find me on LinkedIn.

Note to Readers: It’s that time of year … for the 21st time, the editors of PE Hub and Buyouts honor exceptional buyouts with our Deal of the Year Awards.

Winners are chosen in seven categories: Deal of the Year, Large-Market Deal of the Year, Middle-Market Deal of the Year, Small-Market Deal of the Year, Turnaround of the Year, International Deal of the Year, and Secondaries Deal of the Year.

Go here for more information and to read about rules and methodology. Also check out past winners. Last year, New Mountain took the crown with its exit of Equian.

If you have additional questions, email Private Equity Editor Chris Witkowsky at cwitkowsky@buyoutsinsider.com.