Baird unit acquires United Kingdom company

Baird Capital Partners, the buyout fund of Baird Private Equity, announced its portfolio company Digi-Star LLC of Fort Atkinson has acquired RDS Technology of the United Kingdom.

Digi-Star is a leading international provider of advanced measuring solutions for optimizing agricultural performance. Its customized systems and data collection and management software are incorporated into mobile farm equipment to provide precise control over input costs, monitor resource utilization, enhance yield management and optimize farm profitability.

RDS is a global market leader in monitoring, measuring and control systems for the agricultural machinery industry.

“We are excited to welcome the RDS team into the Digi-Star family, expanding our existing global footprint,” said Grant Ihrke, president of Digi-Star. “This partnership is a great fit in many important ways, and we look forward to building on our shared strengths for continued growth and success.”

“The acquisition of RDS significantly broadens Digi-Star’s sales and distribution platform and enhances the company’s product lines with complementary offerings,” said Andrew Brickman, Partner at Baird Capital Partners. “This combination allows Digi-Star to operate as a comprehensive control solutions provider to the agricultural and industrial markets, meeting an expressed need in the market.”

Robert W. Baird & Co. Inc. is based in Milwaukee.

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