Churchill Serves as Sole Lead Arranger for a First Lien Credit Facility to Support Wynnchurch Capital’s Acquisition of Handgards

New York, April 19, 2024Churchill Asset Management (“Churchill” or the “Firm”) today announced that it served as Sole Lead Arranger for a first lien credit facility to support the acquisition of Handgards (the “Company”) by Wynnchurch Capital, L.P. (“Wynnchurch”).

Headquartered in El Paso, Texas, Handgards is a leading distributor of foodservice products, including disposable gloves, reclosable bags, tabletop items, expendables, and other carryout products. The Company operates eight facilities with over one million square feet of space and ships over 18 million cases of product annually.

“Handgards has been an existing portfolio company of Churchill’s since 2020, and the Company continues to be a market leader with significant room for future growth,” said Kevin Meyer, Managing Director and Head of Origination at Churchill. “We are thrilled to continue supporting Handgards and its experienced management team as it enters this next chapter with Wynnchurch.”

The financing represents the second transaction that Churchill has completed in support of Rosemont, IL-based Wynnchurch Capital, a leading private equity firm with $9.2B of regulatory assets under management. Since its founding in 1999, Wynnchurch Capital has completed over 135 platform and add-on acquisitions.

“Churchill served as a terrific partner throughout the Handgards transaction process,” said Mike MacKay, Principal at Wynnchurch. “Churchill’s deep knowledge of the Company as an incumbent lender, coupled with its balance sheet strength in committing to the full senior loan facility proved invaluable in allowing for a swift and timely execution. We look forward to our continued collaboration and partnership with Churchill.”

About Churchill Asset Management LLC

Churchill, an investment-specialist affiliate of Nuveen (the asset manager of TIAA), provides customized financing solutions to middle market private equity firms and their portfolio companies across the capital structure. With over $50 billion of committed capital, we provide first lien, unitranche, second lien and mezzanine debt, in addition to equity co-investments, secondary solutions and private equity fund commitments. Churchill has a long history of disciplined investing across multiple economic cycles and our unique origination strategy, execution and investment are driven by 170 professionals in New York, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas and Los Angeles. To learn more about Churchill, visit

About Wynnchurch Capital

Wynnchurch Capital, L.P., headquartered in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont, Illinois, with an affiliate in Canada, was founded in 1999 and is a leading middle-market private equity investment firm. Wynnchurch’s strategy is to partner with middle market companies in the United States and Canada that possess the potential for substantial growth and profit improvement. Wynnchurch manages a number of private equity funds with $9.2 billion of regulatory assets under management and specializes in recapitalizations, growth capital, management buyouts, corporate carve-outs, and restructurings. For more information, please visit: or follow us on LinkedIn.

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