Oberweis leadership team driving expansion plans with support from Hoffmann Family of Companies

WINNETKA, Ill. (June 19, 2024) – Hoffmann Family of Companies, through its investment arm, Osprey Capital LLC, announces that it has purchased Oberweis Dairy in its entirety. This significant milestone demonstrates the Oberweis brand emerging from Chapter 11 reorganization with renewed strength and an eye toward steady, strategic growth.

Adam Kraber, President of Oberweis Dairy, expressed enthusiasm about the new chapter: “The entire Oberweis team is thrilled to embark on this journey with the support of Hoffmann Family of Companies. From our manufacturing and distribution centers to our corporate offices and retail stores, the Oberweis team will continue the company legacy of super-premium quality and convenience. We remain committed to ‘serving up happiness’ to our valued customers.”

The Hoffmann family’s dairy heritage traces back to founder David Hoffmann’s childhood, where he helped his father, a milkman, make deliveries before school. When Oberweis, with nearly a century of history, faced bankruptcy, the Hoffmanns seized the opportunity to revive and enhance the brand, leveraging its storied reputation for quality.

Milk delivery experience runs through the management team as well. President Adam Kraber began his career at Oberweis as a milkman and was promoted into roles with increasing responsibility from 2000 to 2015. In 2022, Kraber returned to Oberweis as COO and was promoted to President in February 2024.

“My wife and four boys have always loved Oberweis! We have been consistent home delivery customers for more than 15 years, and often visit the Glenview, IL, location to share a laugh and a cone,” said Geoff Hoffmann, co-CEO of Hoffmann Family of Companies. “Those family moments are so important as our kids grow up. Now, as part of Hoffmann Family of Companies, we’re excited to contribute to the continued legacy of the Oberweis brand, creating family memories for generations to come!”

Drawing on extensive experience in acquiring founder-led companies, Hoffmann Family of Companies is well-positioned to provide capital for growth and improvement. Most of the companies acquired by Hoffmann Family of Companies continue to be led by their founders and existing management teams. Adam Kraber will continue as President of Oberweis Dairy, drawing on over 17 years of experience with the company. The company’s management team of tenured and talented leaders will also retain their positions.

Geoff Hoffmann added, “Adam and the management team have pivotal roles in continuing the Oberweis brand and building a new plan for profitability. Together, we’ll develop a new strategy to enhance operations, drive expansion, and maintain the premium quality that Oberweis represents.”

Following the acquisition, the company will implement a short-term, 100-day plan for rapid improvements while crafting a long-term growth strategy. In the coming weeks and months, the company plans to announce new locations in Chicagoland and other key markets. There are no plans to close existing locations or make substantial cuts to the business. The Oberweis Dairy brand name and beloved recipes will remain the same.

Regular updates will be shared with customers via social media and email. Additionally, Oberweis Dairy and Hoffmann Family of Company leaders plan to host an ‘Ice Cream Day’ at stores in key markets throughout the summer.

Oberweis and Hoffmann teams come together to invest in the future of Oberweis and continue serving happiness to loyal customers

WINNETKA, Ill. (June 5, 2024) – Hoffmann Family of Companies is pleased to announce the court-approved acquisition of Oberweis Dairy. This milestone marks the end of a challenging chapter for the storied family-owned brand, which filed for Chapter 11 reorganization in April 2024.

“We’re grateful to our employees and customers for standing by us during this difficult time,” said Geoff Hoffmann, co-CEO of Hoffmann Family of Companies. “With new financial backing, Oberweis Dairy is poised to continue its legacy as the most trusted name in dairy and beyond.”

The Hoffmann Family of Companies, a multi-vertical, family-owned firm, specializes in partnering with strong management teams and hands-on leaders. Their focus on customer and employee experiences drives sustained value across businesses, and the firm works across companies to provide and share support, insights, opportunities, and best practices.

Plans are already underway to enhance production capabilities and streamline operations in Oberweis Dairy’s manufacturing facilities. Immediate improvements are expected in select locations, including brighter stores and an expanded product selection. The company will soon announce additional Chicagoland market locations and other expansions where Hoffmann-owned companies operate. Notably, there are no plans to close existing locations or make substantial cuts to the business, and the Oberweis Dairy brand name will remain intact.

“Oberweis is primed for growth with the support of Hoffmann Family of Companies,” stated Adam Kraber, President of Oberweis Dairy. “Our customers can look forward to exciting improvements throughout the summer and fall.”

The Hoffmann family’s dairy roots trace back to founder David Hoffmann’s childhood on a Missouri dairy farm. Their extensive experience in acquiring founder-led companies positions them to provide capital for growth and improvements. Most of the companies acquired by Hoffmann Family of Companies continue to be led by their founders, including second and third-generation family leaders.

“The Oberweis acquisition aligns with our core investment philosophy: ‘Invest in good businesses, good properties, good people – all with the potential to be better,’” emphasized Geoff Hoffmann. “We eagerly anticipate delivering smiles to customers and employees for years to come.”

About Hoffmann Family of Companies

Hoffmann Family of Companies is a multi-vertical, family-owned private equity firm consisting of over 100 national brands, and employs 9,000 global employees with businesses located in 30 countries and 250 locations around the world. Hoffmann Family of Companies’ verticals include Aviation, Agriculture, Financial Services, Hospitality, Business & Professional Services, Industrial, Manufacturing, Marine, Media & Marketing, Real Estate and Transportation.

About Oberweis Dairy

Having been started on a dairy farm nearly a century ago, Oberweis Dairy provides the best-tasting milk, ice cream, and now chocolates available anywhere. The company is famous for milk in its trademark glass bottles as well as its best-in-class smooth and creamy ice cream. The company distributes its products through its 48 ice cream and dairy stores, to thousands of homes through its home delivery service, and through grocery stores. Oberweis is family-owned and operated, currently by the 3rd and 4th generations. For more information about Oberweis Dairy, visit www.oberweis.com.

Dinner Cruise Leader Now Operates 22 Vessels Nationwide

The Hoffmann Family of Companies (HF Companies), a US-based family-owned private equity firm, announced today the acquisition of Sip n’ Sail Cruises, a Mackinac Island-based company known for its diverse range of cruises and private charter options around the island. This acquisition enhances Hoffmann Marine’s portfolio, expanding their U.S. dinner cruise operations to a total of 22 vessels across seven states.

“The Hoffmann Family’s reputation in the marine industry is well known and the opportunity to take Sip n’ Sail Cruises to the next level with such a nationally recognized company is a logical fit for us,” said Veronica Dobrowolski, General Manager of Sip n’ Sail Cruises. “We are excited and looking forward to growing their brand and providing greater opportunities for our guests.”

Guests aboard Sip n’ Sail Cruises enjoy 90 minutes of breathtaking panoramic sea views. The fleet features the Robin E, a 55-foot vessel, and the Isle Royale Queen III, an 81-foot vessel equipped with multiple viewing areas, heated cabins, restrooms, a full-service cash bar and live entertainment. Sip n’ Sail Cruises elevates the sailing experience, offering unparalleled photo opportunities as customers glide along the shoreline of Mackinac Island.

Jenny Gezella, President of Hoffmann Marine, remarked, “As soon as Shepler’s Ferry brought me to Mackinac Island, I went straight to see the Sip n’ Sail fleet. Veronica Dobrowolski, Andrew Doud and their team have done an outstanding job delivering first-class cruise experiences, offering guests an intimate view of the island’s beauty. Their operation is a perfect addition to our dinner cruise business, and we are thrilled to welcome Veronica and her team into our family.”

To learn more about Sip n’ Sail Cruises, visit sipnsailcruises.com or call 844.906.9006.

About Hoffmann Family of Companies:

The Hoffmann Family of Companies (HF Companies), a multi-vertical family-owned company consisting of over 100 national brands, employs 9,000 global employees with businesses located in 30 countries and 250 locations around the world. The HF Companies’ verticals include Aviation, Agriculture, Financial Services, Hospitality, Business & Professional Services, Industrial, Manufacturing, Marine, Media & Marketing, Real Estate and Transportation. For more information, visit www.hfcompanies.com.

About Sip n’ Sail Cruises:

Sip n’ Sail Cruises is Mackinac Island’s premiere attraction. Enjoy 90 minutes of panoramic views and an unforgettable evening aboard Robin E, a 55’ vessel or Isle Royale Queen III, an 81′ well-appointed vessel with multiple viewing areas, heated cabins, restrooms, a full-service cash bar and live entertainment. Take advantage of amazing photo opportunities as you skirt the shoreline of Mackinac Island, view the elegant Victorian, turn of the century homes, and enjoy a spectacular sunset as you cruise under the Mighty Mackinac Bridge. Whether you are by yourself, on a date or in a group you will have a memorable experience on a Sip n’ Sail Cruise with our experienced and friendly crew.

Cruise tickets are available for purchase online only at sipnsailcruises.com, and we are located at the Coal Dock, between the Taxi Office and Seabiscuit Cafe.

Private charters are also available. The lsle Royale Queen III and Robin E are the perfect venues to create a one-of-a-kind event for your special gathering. Please call for more information.

The family-owned investment firm is committed to growing the company across existing and new markets

WINNETKA, Ill. (May 29, 2024) – Hoffmann Family of Companies, through its investment arm, Osprey Capital LLC (Osprey), is pleased to announce that Hoffmann Dairy LLC (a subsidiary of Osprey) is the prevailing bidder after today’s auction to acquire Oberweis Dairy (Oberweis), a legacy, family-owned dairy company based in Illinois, in connection with Oberweis’ recently announced Chapter 11 bankruptcy process. The agreement to purchase is subject to approval by the United States Bankruptcy Court, and the terms of the agreement have not been disclosed. This strategic move expands the Hoffmann Family of Companies’ portfolio and reaffirms its commitment to quality and growth.

“We are thrilled to write the next chapter of the company’s story with the wonderful employees at Oberweis Dairy,” said Geoff Hoffmann, co-CEO of Hoffmann Family of Companies. “Their dedication and passion for delivering exceptional dairy products align perfectly with our values.”

The Hoffmann family has a tradition of investing in multi-generational, family-owned businesses. Their decision to invest in Oberweis was driven by the dairy company’s rich history dating back to 1927, strong brand reputation, and alignment with family values. Hoffmann Family of Companies places a premium on investing in world-class enterprises, and Oberweis’ exceptional products and commitment to service have solidified its position as a household name for nearly a century.

“Our exceptional product set, accompanied by a brand that stands for quality that is second to none, is the foundation for our team members and company to write its next chapter,” said Adam Kraber, President of Oberweis Dairy. “We look forward to exciting developments ahead with Hoffmann Family of Companies.”

As part of the acquisition, Hoffmann Family of Companies plans to make strategic investments throughout Oberweis. The Aurora plant, in particular, will receive significant attention to enhance production capabilities and streamline operations.

“A heartfelt thank you to the team members at Oberweis who stuck with the company through this difficult period,” said Geoff Hoffmann. “Together, we will build a stronger, more resilient future for Oberweis Dairy.”

The Hoffmann family’s dairy roots can be traced back to founder David Hoffmann’s early childhood, spent on a dairy farm in Washington, Missouri. The family has extensive experience acquiring founder-led companies to provide them with the capital to fund growth and improvements. Most of the companies acquired by Hoffmann Family of Companies are still led by their founders, including second and third-generation family leaders.

About Hoffmann Family of Companies

Hoffmann Family of Companies is a multi-vertical, family-owned private equity firm consisting of over 100 national brands, and employs 9,000 global employees with businesses located in 30 countries and 250 locations around the world. Hoffmann Family of Companies’ verticals include Aviation, Agriculture, Financial Services, Hospitality, Business & Professional Services, Industrial, Manufacturing, Marine, Media & Marketing, Real Estate and Transportation.

About Oberweis Dairy

Having been started on a dairy farm nearly a century ago, Oberweis Dairy provides the best-tasting milk, ice cream, and now chocolates available anywhere. The company is famous for milk in its trademark glass bottles as well as its best-in-class smooth and creamy ice cream. The company distributes its products through its 48 ice cream and dairy stores, to thousands of homes through its home delivery service, and through grocery stores. Oberweis is family owned and operated, currently by the 3rd and 4th generations. For more information about Oberweis Dairy, visit www.oberweis.com.

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Suzanne Jacob, CMO
[email protected]

Expanding the HF Companies Transportation Portfolio with an Award-Winning Partner “Committed to Perfection”

Sonoma County, CA (April 30, 2024)—The Hoffmann Family of Companies (HF Companies) has successfully acquired Pure Luxury Transportation, a premier luxury transportation provider in Sonoma County, California. This strategic move further solidifies HF Companies’ position as a dominant player in the transportation industry.

Pure Luxury is renowned for its impeccable service and commitment to excellence and has been serving discerning clients in the Napa, Sonoma, San Francisco, and Northern Bay Area regions since 1991. With a fleet of over 90 vehicles, including sedans, SUVs, sprinter vans, mini-buses, and motor coaches, Pure Luxury has consistently delivered unparalleled experiences to its clientele.

In addition to Pure Luxury’s core business, in 2023, Pure Luxury Transportation was named one of the 10 best wine tour companies in the United States by USA Today’s 10Best readers. The company was also named to The Press Democrat’s Best Of Sonoma County 2023 Readers’ Choice Awards in the Limo/Transportation category.

“Joining forces with the Hoffmann Family of Companies represents an exciting chapter for Pure Luxury,” said Jennifer Buffo, CEO, Pure Luxury Transportation. “We look forward to leveraging their expertise and resources to enhance our offerings and elevate the luxury transportation experience for our valued clients.”

About Hoffmann Family of Companies

The Hoffmann Family of Companies (HF Companies) is a multi-vertical, family-owned private equity firm consisting of over 100 national brands, and employs 9,000 global employees with businesses located in 30 countries and 250 locations around the world. The HF Companies’ verticals include Aviation, Agriculture, Financial Services, Hospitality, Business & Professional Services, Industrial, Manufacturing, Marine, Media & Marketing, Real Estate and Transportation.

About Pure Luxury Transportation:

Pure Luxury Transportation has been a trusted name in luxury ground transportation since 1991. With a focus on wine tours, corporate travel, weddings, and special events, Pure Luxury has consistently delivered exceptional service to its clients, earning accolades and recognition within the industry. Learn more at pureluxury.com.

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Jessica Carruth
Director, Communications & PR
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The family-owned investment firm looks to support the Illinois-based dairy and fast food company in keeping its family heritage alive

WINNETKA, Ill. (April 23, 2024) – The Hoffmann Family of Companies (HFOC), through its investment arm, Osprey Capital LLC, announced it has entered discussions with various stakeholders to acquire all of the assets of Oberweis Dairy, a legacy, family-owned dairy company based in Illinois, which comes on the heels of Oberweis filing for bankruptcy. The team at Osprey Capital LLC will lead the acquisition.

HFOC understands there may be a stalking horse bidder for Oberweis, and that there is a process to evaluate all bids. The Hoffmann family intends to make a competitive offer to buy the company and is confident they will deliver the highest bid, based on current due diligence.

The Hoffmann family has a history of investing in multi-generational, family-owned businesses and was specifically drawn to invest in Oberweis because of its highly regarded history, brand and alignment with family values. The firm prioritizes investing in world-class companies, and Oberweis’ premier products and commitment to service have made the brand a household name for nearly a century.

Oberweis Dairy, founded in 1927 and privately owned by the Oberweis family, is headquartered in Illinois. The company’s businesses include a dairy home delivery service across parts of the Midwest and Texas, a chain of corporate- and franchise-owned dairy and ice cream stores in the Chicago area, a distribution service to regional supermarkets, and high-end fast food hamburger restaurants named “That Burger Joint.”

“Our vision is all about quality, legacy and longevity – we’re not looking to buy and flip businesses,” said Geoff Hoffmann, co-CEO of Hoffmann Family of Companies. “The Oberweis name has been associated with delicious, premium quality products for decades. Notwithstanding its recent financial struggles, we see an opportunity to revive the company’s heritage of success. This may take many different shapes or forms and we are highly enthusiastic about the prospect of our involvement.”

The Hoffmann family’s dairy roots trace back to founder David Hoffmann’s early childhood growing up on a dairy farm in Washington, Missouri, where he would deliver milk before school. The family’s entrepreneurial growth story began 1989, when David Hoffmann founded DHR International (now DHR Global), a Chicago-based global executive search and leadership advisory firm.

In recent years, the family has acquired more than 200 founder-led companies to provide them with the capital to fund growth and improvements. Most of the companies acquired by HFOC are still led by their founders, including second- and third-generation family leaders.

About Hoffmann Family of Companies

The Hoffmann Family of Companies (HF Companies) is a multi-vertical, family-owned private equity firm consisting of over 100 national brands, and employs 9,000 global employees with businesses located in 30 countries and 250 locations around the world. The HF Companies’ verticals include Aviation, Agriculture, Financial Services, Hospitality, Business & Professional Services, Industrial, Manufacturing, Marine, Media & Marketing, Real Estate and Transportation. For more information, visit: www.hfcompanies.com.

About Oberweis Dairy

Having been started on a dairy farm nearly a century ago, Oberweis Dairy provides the best-tasting milk, ice cream, and now chocolates available anywhere. The company is famous for milk in its trademark glass bottles as well as its best-in-class smooth and creamy ice cream. The company distributes its products through its 48 ice cream and dairy stores, to thousands of homes through its home delivery service, and through grocery stores. Oberweis is family owned and operated, currently by the 3rd and 4th generations. For more information about Oberweis Dairy, visit www.oberweis.com.

Media Contact

Suzanne Jacob, CMO
[email protected]

ESTERO, Fla. – Hertz Arena is thrilled to announce its nomination for the second consecutive year’s prestigious Academy of Country Music (ACM) Arena of the Year Award. This recognition underscores Hertz Arena’s commitment to providing guests with top-notch entertainment and exceptional experiences.

The Academy of Country Music Awards is one of the most highly anticipated events in the music industry, recognizing excellence in country music and featuring many industry leaders, entertainers, albums & artists. The winners will be announced at the Academy of Country Music Honors, held annually in August at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN.

“We’re honored to receive a second consecutive nomination for the ACM Arena of the Year Award,” said Geoff Hoffmann, co-CEO of the Hoffmann Family of Companies, which owns Hertz Arena. “This nomination reflects the dedication of our leadership team and employees to serving the Southwest Florida community and delivering unforgettable performances.”

This nomination is a testament to Hertz Arena’s ongoing dedication to delivering world-class performances and events. The ACM Arena of the Year Award recognizes outstanding achievements in the country music industry, celebrating venues that provide exceptional experiences for artists and fans. Hertz Arena is nominated alongside esteemed venues such as Bridgestone Arena, Dickies Arena, KFC Yum! Center, and T-Mobile Center.

“Receiving this nomination for the second year in a row is a remarkable achievement, and it highlights the outstanding contributions of our entire team. Our commitment to excellence and passion for providing unforgettable experiences to our guests has set us apart,” said Scott Bryant, President, and Chief Financial Officer of Hertz Arena.

Hertz Arena in Southwest Florida signed an agreement with Oak View Group (OVG) in October 2021. The agreement was a long-term partnership that aimed to enhance the fan experience at Hertz Arena and attract more high-profile events to the venue. As part of the agreement, OVG was set to provide consulting services to Hertz Arena on various aspects of venue operations, including booking, marketing, and sponsorship. The partnership was seen as a significant step forward for Hertz Arena, which has been a popular entertainment destination in Southwest Florida for over two decades.

Hertz Arena has been a staple in Southwest Florida since 1998, hosting various events, including concerts, sporting events, and family shows. Recent country music performers at Hertz Arena include Oliver Anthony, Russell Dickerson, Justin Moore, Priscilla Block, Hardy, Lainey Wilson, Jon Pardi, Brett Young, Thomas Rhett, Jason Aldean, and many more.

For more information on the Academy of Country Music Awards and a full list of categories and nominees, please visit here.

About Hertz Arena:
Hertz Arena is a premier entertainment venue located in Estero, Florida. Since opening its doors in 1998, the arena has hosted a wide range of events, including concerts, sporting events, family shows, and more. With a seating capacity of up to 8,000 guests, Hertz Arena is one of the largest and most versatile venues in Southwest Florida. The arena has undergone several renovations over the years, including multi-million-dollar upgrades that added new seating options, hospitality areas, and luxury suites. Hertz Arena is committed to providing world-class entertainment and exceptional experiences for its guests. For more information, visit hertzarena.com.

The Hoffmann Family of Companies (HFOC), a US-based family-owned private equity firm, proudly announces that its Founder and Chairman, David Hoffmann, has secured a place on Forbes’ 2024 World Billionaires List for the third consecutive year. He joins industry titans such as Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg at the forefront of this year’s rankings.

Hoffmann’s entrepreneurial roots trace back to 1989, when he founded DHR International (now DHR Global), a leading global executive search and leadership advisory firm, and Jobplex, a search firm focused on emerging leaders. With a global headquarters in Chicago, DHR Global/Jobplex is a leading, privately held provider of executive search, leadership consulting, and emerging leader search solutions. The firm has expertise in more than 20 industries and functional areas, delivered through consultants in more than 50 markets spanning 22 countries.

The Hoffmann Family of Companies is a multi-vertical, family-owned company and a multi-generational family business with more than 9,000 employees and over 200 distinct brands and properties. Since 2023, the firm has acquired or founded ten companies, including Besse Forest Products Group (MI), CDN Controls Ltd. (Alberta, Canada), Doonan Specialized Trailer (KS), JED Transportation (MO), Maurer Publishing (MI), MNH (UK), RMC DMC (CO), Wayne Manufacturing (IN), Young Harris Water Sports & RV (SC) and iFoundMyDoctor.com (FL).

His real estate revitalization endeavors, managed through Hoffmann Commercial Real Estate, include more than 30 properties in Winnetka and the North Shore. The portfolio also includes properties in Naples, Florida; Augusta, Missouri; Mackinac Island, Michigan; and Avon, Colorado—totaling assets worth over $1 billion.

David and the Hoffmann family actively support causes close to their hearts. Some of their notable Chicago-based philanthropic support includes JDRF (a major diabetes research institution), Children’s Home & Aid Society, and the Joffrey Ballet.

In 2023, David received the prestigious Horatio Alger Award for overcoming adversity and an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from UCM. David and his wife, Jerri, have been married for over 50 years and maintain homes in Winnetka, IL, and Naples, FL. Their legacy extends to three children and 12 grandchildren. Sons Geoff and Greg now serve as co-chief executives of the Hoffmann Family of Companies.

To see David Hoffmann’s Forbes profile, visit forbes.com/profile/david-hoffmann. To see the complete ranking, visit forbes.com/billionaires.

CDN Controls Encompasses 10 Branches, Boasts Over 700 Employees & Harnesses a Robust Fabrication Facility

The Hoffmann Family of Companies (HFOC), a US-based family owned private equity firm, has acquired majority ownership of CDN Controls (CDN)—a leading player in electrical and instrumentation maintenance, automation, communication and renewable/solar services. CDN operates across 10 branches, employs over 700 professionals and manages an expansive fabrication facility. 

The Hoffmann Family of Companies is committed to providing CDN Controls with access to capital, new market opportunities and supporting their accelerated growth. The acquisition is aimed at fostering CDN’s autonomy, fortifying its business foundation and creating avenues for seizing new opportunities. 

“Hoffmann Family’s decision to purchase CDN was rooted in the alignment of values, culture and business acumen,” said Geoff Hoffmann, Co-CEO of HFOC. “We see our role as a catalyst for CDN’s continued growth rather than an agent of change, preserving CDN’s strategic and daily operational autonomy.” 

“When we started CDN in 2011, we wanted to create an industry dominator—and business fueled by performance and anchored by strong core values,” said Dean Fraser, CEO, and Nick Stewart, COO, both original founders of CDN. “An investment from the Hoffmann Family of Companies will allow our business to seize newer and bigger opportunities. On the horizon are significant opportunities to put our services to good use in the global energy transition—specifically massive improvements and innovations to global energy infrastructure. As the demand grows for large-scale players to undertake this work, the Hoffmann Family of Companies will help to position CDN in that space.” 

In addition, CDN also announced today their intention to penetrate the US market. Those operations will occur under the name CAVIS (kay-vis) Energy Corp. Canadian operations will remain under the name CDN.

The CDN Executive Team will be comprised of Dean Fraser, serving as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) & Founder, Nick Stewart as Chief Operating Officer (COO) & Founder, David Gillett as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Susan Borrows as Chief People & Corporate Services Officer (CPCSO). 

For media inquiries, please contact:
Jessica Carruth 
Director, Communications & PR 
[email protected] 

About Hoffmann Family of Companies: 

The Hoffmann Family of Companies (HF Companies), a multi-vertical family-owned company consisting of over 100 national brands, employs 9,000 global employees with businesses located in 30 countries and 250 locations around the world. The HF Companies’ verticals include Aviation, Agriculture, Financial Services, Hospitality, Business & Professional Services, Industrial, Manufacturing, Marine, Media & Marketing, Real Estate and Transportation. For more information, visit: www.hfcompanies.com. 

About CDN Controls: 

CDN is Western Canada’s leader in electrical and instrumentation maintenance, automation, communication, and renewable/solar services. United by a vision to become a globally recognized business celebrated for our tenacious full-service approach in relentless pursuit of industry dominance, CDN’s collective team of more than 700 employees and contractors are committed to the highest standards in performance, measurement, and safety — and, above all, pride in a job well done. With 10 branches, six formal Indigenous partnerships, and a history of building impactful relationships, CDN delivers systems that perform.

Besse is North America’s Premier Private Producer of Wood Products, Boasting 10 State-of-the-Art Manufacturing Facilities

The Hoffmann Family of Companies (HFOC) announces its acquisition of Besse Forest Products Group (Besse), a longstanding family-run company with a rich history in the wood products manufacturing business.

This strategic move adds to HFOC’s portfolio, complementing their existing Ferche Millwork operations. With over 2 million square feet of production facilities and a workforce of more than 1,400 people, the combined strength of Besse and Ferche positions HFOC as a significant player in the wood products manufacturing industry.

Besse Forest Products Group operates a network of sawmills, wood drying facilities and veneer and plywood factories across northern Michigan and Wisconsin. It has been an integral part of the industry for over a century. The company, founded in 1966, has remained 100% family-owned, growing from a modest workforce to employing hundreds of individuals across the United States.

“We are excited to partner with Besse as they enter a new chapter under the Hoffmann Family of Companies umbrella,” said Geoff Hoffmann, Co-CEO of HFOC. “Our commitment to growth and excellence in manufacturing drives every decision we make. With the acquisition of Besse Forest Products Group, we’re not just expanding our footprint but building on a legacy that spans generations.”

Besse Forest Products Group, a leading manufacturer of high-quality Northern hardwood veneer, lumber and specialty plywood, has played a crucial role in supplying products for cabinets, doors, flooring, furniture, industrial pallets, millwork, musical instruments, railroad ties, sporting goods, wall panels, windows and other wood products used worldwide.

Greg Besse, CEO and Owner of Besse Forest Products Group, expressed confidence in the acquisition, stating, “The decision to join forces with the Hoffmann Family of Companies was based on their exceptional brand and reputation as a well-run family business. We believe this partnership will not only modernize our operations but also ensure that our legacy continues to thrive.”

The company’s commitment to sustainability is evident through its FSC® certification, aligning with the principles of environmentally sound, socially beneficial and economically prosperous forest management.

The acquisition further solidifies Besse Forest Products Group as one of North America’s largest privately-owned producers of hardwood veneer, lumber and specialty plywood. With ten manufacturing facilities operating in the United States, including four veneer mills, four sawmills, one lumber drying concentration yard and one cut-to-size plywood mill, the company stands as a pillar in the wood products industry. Greg Besse will continue in his role as CEO of the Besse Forest Products Group, overseeing the entire operation and ensuring the success of the organization.

For media inquiries, please contact:

Jessica Carruth
Director, Communications & PR
[email protected]

About Hoffmann Family of Companies:

The Hoffmann Family of Companies (HF Companies), a multi-vertical family-owned company consisting of over 100 national brands, employs 9,000 global employees with businesses located in 30 countries and 250 locations around the world. The HF Companies’ verticals include Aviation, Agriculture, Financial Services, Hospitality, Business & Professional Services, Industrial, Manufacturing, Marine, Media & Marketing, Real Estate and Transportation. For more information, visit: www.hfcompanies.com

Besse Forest Products Group:

Established in 1966, Besse Forest Products Group has remained steadfastly committed to its roots as a 100% family-owned enterprise. As a leading manufacturer, the company has garnered a distinguished reputation for producing high-quality Northern hardwood veneer, lumber and specialty plywood. The company’s diverse product portfolio caters to a wide range of industries, including cabinets, doors, flooring, furniture, industrial pallets, millwork, musical instruments, railroad ties, sporting goods, wall panels, windows and other wood products that are utilized globally. Learn more at www.bessegroup.com

About Ferche Millwork:

Since 1958, Ferche Millwork has been internationally recognized for providing high quality standard mouldings & veneered millwork and the leader in hardwood mouldings in North America.  Headquartered in Rice, MN, Ferche Millwork produces over 13,000 products per year and continues to grow through innovation, passion and dedication. Learn more at www.ferche.com.