Vestar-backed Edward Don & Company acquire Smith & Greene

Edward Don & Company, which is backed by Vestar Capital Partners, has acquired Kent, Washington-based Smith & Greene Company, a provider of food service equipment, supplies and design-build services. No financial terms were disclosed.


WOODRIDGE, IL – January 5, 2018 – Edward Don & Company, a nationwide distributor of foodservice equipment and supplies, announced today the acquisition of Smith & Greene Company, located in Kent, Washington. Since 1970, Smith & Greene has been a leading provider of foodservice equipment, supplies and design-build services to a diverse group of clients in the Pacific Northwest and across the United States. Smith & Greene will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of Edward Don & Company and will remain under the leadership team of Brad Smith and Garrett Mullen as CO-Presidents.

“We look forward to adding the resources of the Smith & Greene team in the Pacific Northwest Region,” said Steve Don, CEO of Edward Don & Company. “Smith & Greene has an outstanding reputation and great customer relationships in a very attractive geography.”

“We are excited to be a part of the Edward Don Family! Our companies are a great cultural fit that share similar values of high-integrity and putting our customers and employees first. We look forward to serving our customers with the broader offering of products and facilities that being a part of Edward Don & Company brings us,” commented Garret Mullen, Co-President of Smith & Greene.

Brad Smith, Co-President of Smith & Greene added, “This is a great opportunity for the Smith & Greene team to grow beyond our existing capabilities with the synergies that DON brings. The combining of our strengths will be a huge benefit to our customers and employees as we continue to broaden our market share in the Northwest and beyond.”

This deal represents Edward Don & Company’s second acquisition since its investment from Vestar Capital Partners in March of 2017.

About Edward Don & Company
Owned and operated by the Don family since 1921, Edward Don & Company is the world’s leading distributor of foodservice equipment and supplies. Headquartered in Woodridge, IL, the company is the chosen supplier to all types of foodservice businesses including independent restaurants, national chains, health care, hospitality, country clubs, schools and universities, government institutions and foodservice management. DON, with approximately 1,200 employees, operates a nationwide distribution network supported by six full-service distribution centers – in Philadelphia, Ft. Lauderdale, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas and Los Angeles – and operates its own transportation fleet. DON serves national and multi-unit account programs with flexible, customized solutions that meet the needs of both the corporate office and the individual units. DON’s Foodservice Equipment Division offers full service kitchen design, equipment purchasing and installation. For more information, please visit