Industrial Opportunity Partners Acquires Midwest Paper

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Evanston, Ill., January 8, 2020 – Industrial Opportunity Partners (“IOP”), an operations-focused private equity firm based in Evanston, Ill., today announced that it has acquired Midwest Recycled and Coated Containerboard Mill, LLC (“Midwest Paper” or the “Company”). Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Midwest Paper is a paper mill headquartered in Combined Locks, Wis. The Company manufactures and distributes various grades of paper including recycled containerboard (medium and linerboard) for corrugated packaging, recycled bag products, and white paper for book publishing and printing/writing applications.

Dave Mackin, an IOP Operating Principal, will assume the position of Chairman of Midwest Paper. Mr. Mackin is a member of IOP’s Board of Operating Principals which is comprised of experienced executives who provide leadership to the businesses in which IOP invests.

Kyle Hood, Director of IOP, said, “We are excited to partner with the Midwest Paper team. We believe that Midwest Paper has a strong position in the market and an excellent reputation with its customers.”

Mr. Mackin added, “We look forward to partnering with the Midwest Paper management team in continuing to enhance the Company’s production capabilities with a focus on delivering high levels of customer service and quality.”

Mike Deprey, Midwest Paper Vice President, commented, “The Midwest Paper management team and I are looking forward to our partnership with IOP. We believe IOP’s operations‐focused approach will assist us in optimizing all aspects of our business to support continued growth and better serve our customers.”

Midwest Paper represents the fourth platform investment for IOP’s third fund, Industrial Opportunity Partners III, L.P.

The transaction’s senior debt financing was provided by JP Morgan Chase Bank and Chemical Bank with subordinated debt financing provided by Yukon Partners. McDermott Will & Emery LLP provided legal representation to IOP in the transaction.

About Midwest Paper

Founded in 1889 and headquartered in Combined Locks, Wis., Midwest Paper is a manufacturer and distributor of high quality recycled containerboard, natural kraft & bleached packaging, and printing & writing grades. For more information, visit Midwest Paper’s website at

About Industrial Opportunity Partners

IOP, an Evanston, Ill.-based private equity firm with $910 million of committed capital since inception, is dedicated to creating value through investing in manufacturing and value-added distribution businesses with revenue between $30 million and $400 million. IOP focuses on businesses with strong product, customer, and market positions, and provides management and operational resources to support sales and earnings growth at its businesses. For more information, visit IOP’s website at

Source: Industrial Opportunity Partners

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