Manufacturing & Distribution

Manufacturing & distribution businesses that optimized operations during the difficult economic environment are now well-positioned to capitalize on strategic options that are once again available, whether seeking growth capital, pursuing organic expansion initiatives, recapitalizing the business, or considering an M&A transaction. Recent GDP and capital investment data indicate manufacturing & distribution opportunities are improving.

Meridian has served a variety of clients in the manufacturing & distribution sector and many of our professionals have significant operational experience in the industry. As the economy continues to recover, traditional manufacturing & distribution businesses will experience positive dynamics, leading to strong M&A interest. In particular, Meridian is seeing substantial interest in manufacturers with proprietary design or development capabilities and distributors with value-add service offerings. With both operational and transaction experience in the sector, Meridian has the resources and capabilities required to help you reach your desired transaction outcome.

Manufacturing & Distribution Contacts

  • Brian Murphy

    Brian Murphy

    T: 206-224-6156
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    Brian Murphy is a Managing Director at Meridian Capital and leads the firm’s niche manufacturing / aerospace and defense group.  Joining Meridian in 2006, Brian manages the firm’s transaction execution activities.  He has nearly 10 years of M&A, finance, and strategic consulting experience, working with clients across a variety of industries throughout his career.  In particular, he has a strong transaction background in the niche manufacturing, aerospace, and branded consumer products industries.  Prior to Meridian, Brian was a management consultant with Accenture Consulting in Washington, DC and New York.  At Accenture, he worked with multiple Fortune 100 companies on issues related to  revenue assurance, sales and process enhancement, and system integration. 

    Brian is a graduate of the University of Redlands, where he earned a double major in financial economics and accounting in addition to a minor in mathematics.  He currently serves as President-elect of the University’s Alumni Board of Directors as well as a member of the Board of Trustees.

  • Mark Mennella

    Mark Mennella

    T: 206-224-6157
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    Mark Mennella joined Meridian Capital as a senior advisor in 2007. Previously, he was with Stanley Garage Door for seven years where he served as CFO and then president. During his tenure, annual revenues grew from $2M to $14M per year prior to being acquired by a strategic buyer. Additionally, Mark spent two years managing and evaluating potential divestiture opportunities for Coastcraft, Inc., a manufacturer of custom wood doors and windows. In 1990, Mark purchased ZMAN Magnetics, an electronic coils, transformers and inductors manufacturer, and served as President and CEO for 14 years. Prior to selling ZMAN to a private equity firm in 2004, the Company achieved 600% sales growth under Mark’s leadership.

    Mark earned a BA in Business Administration at the University of Washington and received an MBA from Seattle University.