Tall Tree Foods, a Milwaukee-based portfolio company of Altamont Capital Partners (Altamont), Palo Alto, Calif., acquired The January Co., a manufacturer of Chinese-style meat products based in Kent, Wash.
The January Company, founded in 1948, has been owned and operated by the company's current president and CEO, Jim Ding, for over four decades. The company is renowned for its authentic, high-quality Chinese-style sausage and BBQ pork products sold throughout the United States under the Kam Yen Jan and Yangtze brands.
Tall Tree Foods will bring Tall Tree Foods Holdings Inc., a holding company led by Altamont's operating partner and CEO, Tim Bruer, while January brings a portfolio of high-quality products as well as additional diversity and geographic expansion.
"We are excited to add The January Co. to the Tall Tree Foods portfolio; its authentic products and strong brand equity are an excellent foundation that we will continue to build upon,” says Bruer. “The company is well positioned to capitalize on the substantial growth opportunities in both its current markets and beyond."
Ding will continue to lead the business through a transition period along with the current management team based in Kent. The company's plant and office will remain in Kent.
"We are pleased to have the future of The January Co. in the hands of new ownership with Altamont Capital Partners and Tall Tree Foods,” adds Ding. “I want to thank the many employees and family members who have worked so hard to get the business to where it is today. We look forward to the future growth of the brand."