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TCU rises 20 places on influential U.S. News & World Report ranking

St. John's College in Annapolis, Md., has long disdained the rankings game. The liberal arts school, which focuses on the great works of Western civilization, was known for not responding to requests from U.S. News & World Report for information that the magazine uses to sort the nation's colleges.

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Fort Worth-based Woodmont plans $80M Hard Rock Hotel retail center

Woodmont Outlets of Fort Worth, an affiliate of The Woodmont Co., has partnered with Cherokee Nation Businesses for a proposed upscale retail development at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa.

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Barnett still packs economic punch, study finds

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Time to make more Do-Nuts in DFW

Shipley Do-Nuts has signed a development agreement with Adkins Development Corp. to accelerate expansion in the Dallas-Fort Worth market.

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Leo's Foods to shutter Fort Worth plant, lay off 84

In a filing with the Texas Workforce Commission, Leo’s Foods will begin terminating employees over a 14 day period beginning Oct. 10.

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Arlington automotive technology firm acquired by private equity firm

Smith System Driver Improvement Institute Inc., a driver training and management solution provider based in Arlington, has been acquired by Levine Leichtman Capital Partners, a private equity firm in Los Angeles.
Founded in 1952, Smith works with fleet managers to provide training programs and content resources to change driver behaviors. Smith has trained millions of drivers in more than 100 countries through its on-road, classroom, e-learning and new technology-based training and driver improvement programs.
Smith is the third investment from Levine Leichtman Capital Partners Fund V LP.
Tony Douglas, Smith’s chief executive officer, and his management team will retain significant ownership in the company and will continue to lead Smith.
“I am very excited about partnering with LLCP as the company seeks to further strengthen its global market position and advance into its next stage of growth,” Douglas commented in a news release. “LLCP has a long history of being a value-added partner to its portfolio companies through their strategic, financial and M&A expertise, and I expect our partnership to contribute meaningfully to the continued growth of our business.”
Smith System was advised by Robert W. Baird & Co. Inc.
Levine Leichtman Capital Partners manages $7 billion of institutional investment capital through private equity partnerships, various debt and leveraged loan funds. LLCP is currently making new investments through Levine Leichtman Capital Partners V LP, Levine Leichtman Capital Partners SBIC Fund LP and Levine Leichtman Capital Partners Private Capital Solutions LP. Prior investments include Santa Cruz Nutritionals, CiCi’s Pizza, Hackney Ladish, Jon Douglas Real Estate Group and Luminator Technology Group.

Betty Dillard
bdillard@bizpress.net
 

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