Middle Market Deal of the Year: Arbor’s simple plan for deli meat makes millionaires

Arbor Investments, private equity, merger, M&A, Columbus Manufacturing, Hormel Foods, food
Photo of Columbus/Arbor team courtesy Arbor Investments.
  • Company: Columbus Manufacturing Inc
  • Financial Adviser: Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Rothschild
  • Legal adviser: DLA Piper
  • Lender: BMO, JPMorgan, Bank of America
  • Columbus sales grew by 50 pct to $304 mln
  • EBITDA shot up nearly 71 pct
  • Columbus added 120 new items during Arbor’s tenure
  • Columbus signed up 30 blue-chip retailers from 2016-2017, including WalMart
Go national. This was Arbor Investments’s simple, but difficult, plan for Columbus Manufacturing, when it acquired the 100-year old deli-meats company in 2012. Columbus was celebrated on the West Coast for its upscale products, which include Crespone salami, slow-aged prosciutto and ...

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