Building companies for the generations to come
A different approach,
grounded in Midwestern sensibilities and values
The Great River Company (“GRC”) is a Midwest based private investment company backed by business owning families for founder and family owned businesses. We provide liquidity for ownership transitions, career and financial opportunities for management teams, and capital for organic and acquisitive growth.
GRC is unique because we are purposefully built to be a long-term catalyst for growth and the overall betterment of a company and its stakeholders. We do this by pairing a long-term, potentially indefinite, hold period with a flexible approach to investing, which includes the potential for significant continued ownership for existing shareholders, ownership opportunities for current and future management and employees, and a vast network that your team can draw upon to tackle business challenges.
We are stewards of more than the capital that
formed us and the businesses we invest in
GRC is an alternative to traditional private equity firms who think in terms of three to five year investment periods, we think in terms of successful Company outcomes over decades.
We were founded on the belief that we can achieve more together than on our own and that a successful outcome is one where all stakeholders benefit: shareholders, employees and their families, the community where the business resides, the customers the Company serves, and the vendors that provide services/products to the enterprise.
Legacy : Stewardship : Collaboration : Growth
What We Do
GRC provides transitional solutions for business owners seeking succession planning and liquidity options, while preserving their legacy and maintaining the culture that makes each company great. GRCs transitional solutions are flexible and can come in the form of non-control and control equity, preferred equity or other structured investments.
What We Look For
GRC is focused on investing in businesses in lower middle market companies with the following common characteristics:
Preference for family or entrepreneur owned businesses
Strong alignment with management
- Potential for organic and/or acquisition growth
Revenue greater than $10 million
EBITDA greater than $2 million
Headquartered in North America
Why GRC, characteristics that count
Purposefully built for long-term holds
Our professionals and backers are real people and families, not faceless institutions
Over 40 years of experience advising, investing and managing businesses
Focused on the ongoing legacy of your business
No mandated structures and timelines
We are not operators, but have experience responding to business problems with actionable plans through our Value Creation Six Pack
Long-term thoughtful planning, not just capital
Investor base consists of business owners and business owning families, not faceless institutions