Blackford Capital, a lower middle-market private equity firm, has acquired Artificial Turf Supply, a manufacturer, distributor and internet-based supplier of synthetic and artificial turf products.

ATS is based in Carlsbad, Calif. and serves the residential, commercial playground, pet and athletics categories in the U.S. The company was founded in 2005 by David Barbera, who currently serves as president, founder and managing member. Barbera will continue his role as president and also assume a position as an operating partner with Blackford Capital. The deal marks Blackford’s second addition to its Patio Consolidation Portfolio in less than 30 days.

“With the addition of ATS to our family of backyard companies, we are well positioned to accelerate the entire platform’s reach by optimizing ATS’ already impressive marketing prowess and distribution network,” comments Martin Stein, founder and managing director of Blackford Capital.