Mesirow Financial, Inc. announced that it acted as financial advisor to Overland Park, Kansas-based Cole Harford Company ("Cole Harford"), a leading broker and redistributor of disposable foodservice products in the Central and Western United States, in its sale to Bunzl plc (NYSE:BNL), a London-based international distribution company.  
Founded in 1915, Cole Harford is a leading full-service broker and redistributor of disposable foodservice products and janitorial and sanitary supplies. >From its Overland Park, Kansas headquarters, Cole Harford serves over 700 customers in approximately 25 states through four major distribution centers in Columbia, MO; Dallas, TX; Denver, CO; and Phoenix, AZ. 

Managing Director of Mesirow Financial, Bill Hornell, said, "We are pleased to have served as financial advisor to Cole Harford in this successful transaction. The combination with Bunzl will provide the management and employees of Cole Harford with a robust platform to continue its growth and effectively serve its long-standing customers. This transaction serves as a great example of how Mesirow Financial has been able to leverage its extensive experience in the foodservice and jan/san disposables distribution industry to maximize value for its clients."