Prairie has represented over 30 clients in the food and beverage industry providing objective advisory services including mergers and acquisitions, ESOP advisory, valuation and fairness opinions. Our team understands the complexities of ownership transition and maintains a high level of expertise throughout the transaction. Our professionals are active members in the Brewers Association and Illinois Craft Brewers Guild.
Urschel Laboratories has been designing and manufacturing precision industrial cutting machinery since 1910 when inventor/founder, William Urschel, established the Company. Today, Urschel Laboratories is the largest food cutting machine manufacturer in the world.
Urschel Laboratories has established the Urschel Laboratories, Inc. Employee Stock Ownership Plan.
The Harpoon Brewery was founded by beer lovers, Rich Doyle and Dan Kenary. In 1986, Harpoon was issued Brewing Permit #001 by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts since it was the first brewery to brew commercially in Boston after a dormant period of about 25 years.
The shareholders of Harpoon Brewery have sold stock to the Harpoon Brewery Employee Stock Ownership Plan.
Bettcher® Industries is a leading developer and manufacturer of innovative precision cutting and trimming tools for the food processing and industrial manufacturing sectors. The company also manufactures food preparation equipment for restaurants and commercial kitchens in the foodservice industry.
Bettcher Industries, Inc., a majority ESOP-owned company, has been acquired by Morgenthaler Private Equity.
Founded in 1989, Odell Brewing was started by Doug Odell, his wife Wynne, and his sister Corkie. Today, the culture of family and collaboration still thrives fostering a brewery full of beer-centric people.
Odell Brewing Company has established the Odell Brewing Company Co-Worker Stock Ownership Plan