As private markets boom, and supply chain issues persist, Red Arts Capital capitalizes on value in with a leader in contract logistics
CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today, Chicago-based private equity firm, Red Arts Capital, announced the acquisition of Coregistics, an award-winning, contract packaging services provider known for its flexibility and sophisticated systems. For Red Arts Capital, the deal comes on the heels of its most recent deal, the sale of the 104 year old trucking company MME to trucking industry titan Knight-Swift, for $150M. Coregistics is a leading national provider of packing-centric supply chain solutions including package and process design, materials sourcing and procurement, contract packaging, and distribution (3PL Services). The company is based in Acworth, GA and operates out of 17 facilities across the United States.
Founded in 2011, Coregistics serves domestic customers consisting primarily of CPG, food & beverage, and service parts. The company’s top customers, many of which are household names in their respective sectors, lean on Coregistics for scalable solutions for introducing their unique products to retail. Coregistic’s services span warehousing, fulfillment, e-commerce and direct-to-DC to direct-to-retail, direct-to-consumer, parcel, freight management, and last parcel sectors. The company has eleven client-embedded locations and operates out of a footprint of nearly three million square feet across its seventeen locations.
Coregistics service offering fits squarely within Red Arts’ sector focus and investment approach in the supply chain space. Red Arts utilizes a thematic-driven process to investing, and has had a thesis in the contract logistics space for a number of years. The Red Arts team believes that past success and continued growth in e-commerce will positively impact packaging services demand, and Coregistics is well positioned to provide much needed third-party logistics services in the U.S. market.
Chad Strader, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Red Arts Capital, and a seasoned supply chain industry veteran, believes the addition of Coregistics to the Red Arts portfolio will be extremely beneficial for both parties.
“The Coregistics team has demonstrated an extraordinary track record of excellence in contract logistics and packaging, which we believe stems from a team and culture laser-focused on high-quality service,” said Chad Strader, Red Art’s Co-founder and Managing Partner. “We believe that Coregistics’ culture uniquely positions them to benefit from the growing range of packaging needs spurred by continued e-commerce developments. We are excited to be in partnership with them.”
“Our culture is central to everything we do and is the foundation for the best-in-class service our team provides to our customers every day,” said Eric Wilhelm, Coregistics’ Chief Executive Officer. “The team at Red Arts Capital shares our belief in the importance of culture, dedication to excellence and best-in-class service and we are excited to welcome them as our new partner as we continue to grow our Company.”
Since the firm’s inception in 2015, Red Arts Capital has been a private equity leader in supply chain and logistics investing. The firm is led by Co-founders and Managing Partners, Chad Strader and Nicholas Antoine. Since founding the firm, Chad and Nick have overseen major investments in Sunset Pacific Transportation, Radius Logistics, and now Coregistics, as well as two exited deals in Midnight Express and Midwest Motors Express. Red Arts Capital is not only a historically successful PE firm, but one of the few firms that are black-founded and black-owned. Only 12 of the projected 4,500 PE firms in the U.S. are owned by African Americans.1
Brightwood Capital Advisors provided debt financing for the transaction and Greenberg Traurig, LLP served as legal counsel for Red Arts Capital. Republic Partners served as financial advisor to Coregistics in the transaction.
Red Arts Capital
Based in Chicago, Illinois, Red Arts Capital is a leading investment firm focused on supply chain-related, transportation and logistics businesses. Red Arts Capital seeks to partner with and invest in privately-owned, primarily family-owned, and multi-generational businesses with solid business fundamentals and a strong track record and reputation. With sector expertise and a commitment to stewardship and excellence, Red Arts Capital’s approach earns the firm a trusted seat at the table with portfolio companies, investors and partners. For more information about Red Arts Capital, please visit www.redartscapital.com.
1 Woman and Minority-Owned Private Equity and Venture Capital Firms. (2022). Fairview Capital 2021 Market Review, page 10.