GE Capital Solutions, Franchise Finance Provides Financing to Mitchell Distributing for Acquisition
Mitchell acquires Cash Distributing, grows to Mississippi’s second largest Anheuser-Busch distributor
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - GE Capital Solutions, Franchise Finance announced today a multi-million dollar loan for Mitchell Distributing in Meridian, Miss., for the purchase of Cash Distributing, a neighboring beverage distributor, elevating Mitchell Distributing to the second largest Anheuser-Busch wholesaler in the state.
“Mitchell Distributing came to us because of our in-depth knowledge and experience in the beverage industry,” says Brian Hoogendoorn, vice president GE Capital Solutions, Franchise Finance. “As our new relationship with Mitchell Distributing demonstrates, our menu of products provides wholesalers the flexibility they need to grow their businesses.”
This is the first lending agreement between GE’s Franchise Finance business and Mitchell Distributing. The acquisition is the largest of any single beer distributorship in Mississippi, enabling Mitchell Distributing to double its business to nearly six million cases and expand into the Columbus and Tupelo markets. Mitchell was represented in the transaction by Bickers Consulting Group of Atlanta.
“We have been in this business for a long time and wanted a lender who shared both our passion for and level of experience in our industry,” says Manny Mitchell, CEO and owner of Mitchell Distributing. “GE Capital Solutions, Franchise Finance understands our industry, and their expertise helped me take my company to the next level.”
Mitchell Distributing is a family-owned and operated Anheuser-Busch distributor that opened its first warehouse in Meridian, Miss., in 1947. Mitchell Distributing also operates warehouses in Leland, Columbus, and Tupelo.
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