Mesirow Financial, Inc. acted as exclusive financial advisor to Oliver Products Company (“Oliver Products” or the “Company”) in its sale to an affiliate of Berwind Corporation (“Berwind”), a family-owned investment management company.
Oliver Products, headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan, is one of the world’s leading producers of sterile-grade medical device packaging and pharmaceutical packaging, producing the industry’s highest quality and most innovative products. The Company sells its healthcare packaging products to nearly every major, globally-recognized medical device company. Additionally, the Company, through its food packaging & equipment segment, is the largest supplier in complete food packaging solutions for Meals on Wheels in the United States. Oliver Products was a portfolio company of Mason Wells, a leading Midwest-based private equity firm.
Jerry Bennish, chief executive officer of Oliver Products, said “Mesirow Financial’s depth and knowledge of the packaging industry and its diligent and professional approach resulted in a transaction that is extremely satisfying to our Company and our shareholders. As CEO of the Company, I could not be more excited to partner with Berwind in taking Oliver Products to the next level of growth.”
Louis Mitchell, managing director, added, “Mesirow Financial is honored to have had the opportunity to work with Oliver Products and Mason Wells on this industry-defining transaction. The Company is an impressive business with a first-rate reputation, and the sale process generated significant interest from numerous strategic and financial buyers.”
The transaction represents another successful assignment completed by Mesirow Financial’s Investment Banking group. Mesirow Financial is one of the most active advisors in the paper, plastics, packaging and specialty printing sectors, having completed over 80 transactions in recent years.
About Oliver Products Company
Oliver Products Company, based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, has been developing and manufacturing innovative solutions for diverse markets since 1890. Oliver Products Company is comprised of two leading businesses: Oliver-Tolas Healthcare Packaging and Oliver Packaging & Equipment Company. Oliver-Tolas Healthcare Packaging is one of the world's leading producers of sterile-grade medical device packaging and pharmaceutical packaging with manufacturing and coating facilities in Grand Rapids, Michigan; Feasterville, Pennsylvania; Hamilton, Ohio; and Venray, the Netherlands. Oliver Packaging & Equipment Company has a long and evolved history in food equipment manufacturing and innovative food packaging solutions. Originally started as a wood working equipment company, the Company introduced the first bread slicer in 1932. By 1944, a line of wrapping and labeling equipment complimented the bread slicers, launching Oliver into packaging system solutions.