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O2 Sponsor Finance Provides $41.5MM Credit Facility to Support Gilman Cheese Acquisition of Dairyfood USA

August 22, 2022, 07:42 AM

O2 Sponsor Finance, a division of Old Second National Bank, acted as Administrative Agent and Lead Arranger for $41.5 in senior secured credit facilities to support Borgman Capital's portfolio company Gilman Cheese Corporation in its acquisition of Dairyfood USA.

Founded in 1953 and headquartered in Blue Mounds, WI, Dairyfood USA produces private label products including smoked links and loaves, snack wedges, portion control cups, dips and spreads, cut bars, and non-dairy products. Products are also sold under house brand names such as Glacier Ridge Farms™, Queso de Casa™ and Sonoma Jacks. It also offers plant-based cheeses, with the business serving retail, foodservice and the travel channels. Dairyfood USA is the largest producer of smoked Gouda in the United States. Customers include retail, foodservice, gift pack suppliers, transportation and airlines.

"We are thrilled Borgman Capital selected O2 Sponsor Finance as Administrative Agent and Lead Arranger to support Borgman's portfolio company Gilman Cheese Corporation in its acquisition of Dairyfood USA. The combination of the two companies is highly complementary. The combined Company has a stronger and more diversified product offering, customer base and supply chain. We look forward to supporting both Borgman Capital and management as Borgman executes on its strategic objectives", said Nick O'Brien, Vice President, O2 Sponsor Finance.

Headquartered in Gilman, Wisconsin, Gilman Cheese Corporation is a leading manufacturer of premium processed cheeses. The Company specializes in premium quality, shelf stable processed cheese for the gift pack, retail, and airline industry as well as smoked cheese, both natural and processed. Gilman Cheese is the largest employer in the village of Gilman.

Founded in 2017, Borgman Capital is a private equity firm based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The firm seeks to invest in lower middle-market businesses predominantly in the Midwest with $10 - $100 million in revenue and $2 million to $15 million in EBITDA. Borgman Capital currently has 7 portfolio companies.

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