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By the very nature of our geography, we live and work in the same communities as significant food and beverage manufacturers — from small, craft operations changing the industry to large producers with a rich history and immense market share. Over the years, we’ve become experts in the food and beverage industry through our intense involvement with our clients’ businesses and private wealth.

Our food and beverage financial experts stay abreast of the current business climate in this dynamic manufacturing subset. They are members of the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association, the Brewers Association, Food & Beverage Wisconsin,  Midwest Food Processors Association, the Wisconsin Specialty Cheese Institute, the Wisconsin Brewers Guild and the Lakeshore Food Cluster, to name a few.

View our experts to get started today learning how we can help you maximize your business. First Business offers a full suite of financial services and access to our deep industry connections and experience.

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Our years of dedication to the food and beverage industry yield sharp insights that inform our strategy to help your business thrive. Through our investments, connections, and advice, we help fund your growth and operating plans.

$3,000,000
  • Term Note
Vegetable Dehydration Facility
$4,500,000
  • Term Note
  • Line of Credit
  • Real Estate
  • Equipment Lease
Craft Brewery Expansion
$2,525,000
  • Term Note
Food Processing Company
$4,300,000
  • Term Note
Franchised Grocery Stores
$2,600,000
  • Equipment Financing, Real Estate and Construction Financing
Cheese Manufacturer
$5,000,000
  • Working Capital Line of Credit
Cheese and Sausage Wholesaler
$5,000,000
  • Line of Credit and Term Notes
Produce Distributor
$9,500,000
  • Construction & Equipment Financing
Refrigerated Warehousing & Transportation
$12,750,000
  • Line of Credit, Real Estate Refinance, & Construction Financing
Liquid and Dry Food Contract Manufacturer
$7,100,000
  • Working Capital & Equipment Line of Credit
Agriculture Equipment Distributor
$1,500,000
  • Line of Credit and Term Notes
Wine & Spirits Distributor
$1,000,000
  • Line of Credit
Food Equipment Manufacturer

$1,100,000

  • Construction & Working Capital Term Note
Start-up Craft Brewery
$800,000
  • Line of Credit
Food Equipment Distributor
$465,000
  • Term Note
Food Broker

Testimonials

“After a very successful 20 years in business, we were ready to expand our brewing and retail operations into an exciting new facility next to the Pabst Development and the new Milwaukee Bucks arena. We had a strong relationship with  First Business, so we met with them and the First Business Equipment Finance team, to better understand the brewing, packaging, and bottling equipment possibilities for this new facility. First Business created a custom funding model that accomplished so much, allowing us to keep our timeline intact and giving us necessary cash flow, tax, and buyout flexibility for the future. First Business helped us move forward with our vision in a timely and confident manner.” — Jim McCabe, President & CEO, Milwaukee Brewing Company, Inc.

“The team at First Business Bank always seems to be one step ahead of us, anticipating our next need before we even know it.  Their proactive approach has enabled us to be properly positioned to take advantage of growth opportunities at a moment’s notice.” – Sam Maglio, Maglio Companies

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SPECIALTY FINANCE

Unique business situations call for exceptional solutions. Our specialty finance experts focus on business collateral, recent trends, and current business plans to help companies that have been unable to find satisfactory financing elsewhere. If your business is a startup, is going through reorganization, restructuring, or an acquisition, our First Business Specialty Finance team is ready to help you with:

• Asset-based lending

• Accounts Receivable Financing

• Equipment finance

Like many high-performing business owners who have paved their own way, your business is as personal as your own name. That’s why it makes sense to trust the Private Wealth Management group at First Business. Our experienced private wealth advisers are masters of preserving and growing the wealth of successful business owners. When you work with our local team, we already know your business, so you benefit from streamlined service, and gain access to First Business’s private wealth services including:

• Private banking

• Trust and administration

• Investment management

• Financial planning

Local business leaders look for dependable experts who place a premium on follow-through and efficiency. Throughout the decades, we’ve built a reputation as reliable financial specialists who go above and beyond to connect you to the people and solutions you need to take your business to the next level.

Our business bankers focus on providing dedicated, attentive service and are experts in the challenges facing food and beverage companies, and how to help ensure their success. Working with our local team, you’ll connect to our Business Banking group, which offers top-notch:

• Treasury management

• Commercial lending

• Equipment finance

• Company retirement plans

SPECIALTY FINANCE

Unique business situations call for exceptional solutions. Our specialty finance experts focus on business collateral, recent trends, and current business plans to help companies that have been unable to find satisfactory financing elsewhere. If your business is a startup, is going through reorganization, restructuring, or an acquisition, our First Business Specialty Finance team is ready to help you with:

• Asset-based lending

• Accounts Receivable Financing

• Equipment finance

PRIVATE WEALTH

Like many high-performing business owners who have paved their own way, your business is as personal as your own name. That’s why it makes sense to trust the Private Wealth Management group at First Business. Our experienced private wealth advisers are masters of preserving and growing the wealth of successful business owners. When you work with our local team, we already know your business, so you benefit from streamlined service, and gain access to First Business’s private wealth services including:

• Private banking

• Trust and administration

• Investment management

• Financial planning

BUSINESS BANKING

Local business leaders look for dependable experts who place a premium on follow-through and efficiency. Throughout the decades, we’ve built a reputation as reliable financial specialists who go above and beyond to connect you to the people and solutions you need to take your business to the next level.

Our business bankers focus on providing dedicated, attentive service and are experts in the challenges facing food and beverage companies, and how to help ensure their success. Working with our local team, you’ll connect to our Business Banking group, which offers top-notch:

• Treasury management

• Commercial lending

• Equipment finance

• Company retirement plans

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