TEMPLE, Texas, Jul 26, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) — McLane Company, Inc. (McLane), a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, has entered into an agreement to acquire Meadowbrook Meat Company, Inc. (MBM). MBM, based in Rocky Mount, North Carolina is one of the nation’s largest customized foodservice distributors for national restaurant chains. The acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions, including the termination of the applicable waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act.
MBM will continue to be run in the same prudent and professional manner as it has been for the past 65 years, led by the current executive management team, and operating out of its existing facilities in the same markets. The only change to MBM’s business will be new access to enhanced resources, operational best practices and intellectual capital that will provide significant upside and opportunity for increased levels of success for MBM, McLane and the customers both companies serve.
Grady Rosier, CEO of McLane, said that this acquisition is based on McLane’s strategy of expanding its portfolio of companies in the food and beverage industries. “The Wordsworth family has built one of the finest and most highly respected companies in our industry, and we look forward to providing Jerry Wordsworth and his team our full support to continue MBM’s leadership in the market, while positioning ourselves for further growth,” said Rosier.
“We are excited to become part of the McLane and Berkshire Hathaway family, which provides an extraordinary base to continue to serve our wonderful customers and expand our business,” said Jerry Wordsworth, CEO of MBM.
McLane is a $33+ billion dollar supply chain services leader, providing grocery and foodservice supply chain solutions for convenience stores, mass merchants, drug stores, as well as chain restaurants throughout the United States. With 40 modern distribution centers and one of the nation’s largest private fleets, the company optimizes the purchase, flow and sale of products from thousands of suppliers to over 65,000 locations. In addition McLane provides alcohol beverage distribution via its acquisitions of Empire Distributors, Inc., Horizon Wine & Spirits and Delta Wine & Spirits over the past 3 years. McLane is a wholly owned unit of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. and employs 15,000 teammates globally. For more information, please visit www.mclaneco.com .
MBM was founded by J.R. Wordsworth in 1947 as a pork processor catering to its local market in Rocky Mount, NC. The company has grown to become a leading $6 billion foodservice distributor, providing foodservice supply chain services to thousands of the finest branded national and regional chain restaurants within the continental United States. The company operates from 35 well positioned distribution facilities, is led by the second generation of the Wordsworth family, and employs more than 3,300 nationwide.
SOURCE: McLane Company, Inc. Copyright Business Wire 2012