Distribution

Fort Dearborn's deep industry experience in all aspects of the distribution industry can help you deliver strong results. Efficiency, scale, asset strategy and deployment are critical factors for distribution operations to achieve profitability. Fort Dearborn has worked with distributors with multi-billion dollar revenues across North America to drive profitability and position those companies for ongoing future success.

Fort Dearborn's distribution engagements include profit improvements, operational turnarounds, debt refinancings and sell-side / buy-side M&A projects with distributors in most market segments including consumer products, food, construction, motor fuels, chemicals, and many others.

Highlighted Engagements

$1,600M
Revenue

distributor of personal computers, printers, servers, etc.

$800M
Revenue

wholesaler of motor fuel for petroleum convenience stores

$800M
Revenue

distributor of magazines, books, music and videos

$600M
Revenue

distributor of telecommunications cable, wire & connectors

$450M
Revenue

distributor of electrical components

$400M
Revenue

Distributor and service center of aluminum, stainless and extruded products

$230M
Revenue

Distributor of hardware, electronics and software licensing to K12 and colleges

$200M
Revenue

distributor of motor fuel for petroleum to stores, commercial and government

$200M
Revenue

distributor of consumer branded auto products

$180M
Revenue

operator of petroleum convenience stores

$170M
Revenue

Distribution of food service and janitorial/sanitation products

$160M
Revenue

publisher of children's books, cookbooks specialty books and magazines

$95M
Revenue

manufacturer and distributor of health & beauty products to major retailers

$75M
Revenue

distributor/importer of licensed children's apparel

$60M
Revenue

distributor of residential and commercial water garden products

$60M
Revenue

distributor/importer of private label denim and sportswear apparel

$60M
Revenue

lumber wholesaler / trader

$60M
Revenue

distributor of high-end kitchen appliances

$55M
Revenue

Manufacturer and distributor of branded musical instruments

$55M
Revenue

distributor of religious products and bible publisher

$55M
Revenue

steel service center that processes and distributes steel coils, sheets, plates and bars

$50M
Revenue

merchandise distributor to mass market discount stores

$50M
Revenue

auto parts distributor

$50M
Revenue

distributor/importer of branded golf equipment

$50M
Revenue

OEM supplier of diesel gas and alternative fuel engines & parts

$35M
Revenue

retail fulfillment company

$35M
Revenue

distributor of lawn and garden products

$30M
Revenue

distributor of dental equipment and supplies

$30M
Revenue

plumbing products distributor focusing on pipes, valves, fittings, fixtures and cabinetry

$30M
Revenue

distributor of housewares; manufacturer of cooking equipment

$30M
Revenue

manufacturer/distributor of branded and private label stationary power tools

$25M
Revenue

distributor/importer of branded golf equipment

$25M
Revenue

automotive custom wheels and accessories

$25M
Revenue

distributor of paper, janitorial and office supplies

$25M
Revenue

distributor and importer of housewares into the grocery, pharmacy and convenient store markets

$20M
Revenue

distributor of computer workstations; service consulting

$20M
Revenue

Steel service center of secondary and excess prime flat rolled steel

$20M
Revenue

religious book publisher

$20M
Revenue

Distribution and repair of electric motors

$18M
Revenue

inventory management and fulfillment Company

$18M
Revenue

distributor of MRO parts focused on appliances

$18M
Revenue

distributor/retailer of foodservice supplies and equipment

$15M
Revenue

Plumbing and HVAC supply/parts distributor

$15M
Revenue

wholesaler loose gems and jewelry

$15M
Revenue

manufacturing and distribution of green cleaning products

$10M
Revenue

importer of musical instrument and other cases

$10M
Revenue

distributor of bicycles and parts

$10M
Revenue

distributor of new and used amusement and video games and vending machines

$10M
Revenue

mail consolidator

$9M
Revenue

leather glove distributor

$8M
Revenue

consumer electronic accessory manufacturer and distributor

$8M
Revenue

Distribution, service and support for Branded EDM Machines

$5M
Revenue

publishing of children’s books

Experienced Professionals

FDP News

Sep - 20

Fort Dearborn Advises Motor Distributor

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Sep - 20

Jim Sandberg Joins Fort Dearborn

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Jul - 20

Fort Dearborn Advises Private High School

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