Signaling an upswing in middle-market M&A throughout the third quarter and coming off an aggressive buying streak that won it Mergers & Acquisitions’ M&A Mid-Market Award for Private Equity Firm of the Year for 2012, the Riverside Co. announced two closings and one exit.

The New York- and Cleveland-based private equity firm purchased Rutland Plastics Inc., a Greenville, N.C.-based producer of screen-printing inks for the apparel industry. The company’s products are also used in compounds designated for coating, molding, and other applications for automotive and industrial customers.

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