Mann Lake Completes Management Buyout with Support of Grey Mountain Partners and Acquires Kelley Beekeeping

HACKENSACK, Minn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Mann Lake Ltd. (“Mann Lake”) has completed a management buyout with the
support of Grey Mountain Partners (“Grey Mountain”). Mann Lake is the
largest supplier of beekeeping products to commercial and hobbyist
beekeepers throughout the United States.

Stuart Volby, who was promoted to CEO of Mann Lake in connection with
the buyout, said, “We are excited to partner with Grey Mountain in the
next stage of our growth. Grey Mountain shares our excitement for the
beekeeping industry. We look forward to their support as we execute on
an array of growth opportunities in our core beekeeping market and

Shortly after completing the management buyout, Mann Lake acquired
Kelley Beekeeping (“Kelley”), based in Clarkson, KY, from Frandsen
Corporation. As part of the Kelley acquisition, Mann Lake is partnering
with Frandsen-owned Miller Manufacturing to offer beekeeping supplies
into their distribution chain.

Stuart Volby commented, “We are thrilled to continue and expand upon
Kelley’s legacy of providing high-quality products for beekeepers since

Rob Dellinger, Affiliate Manager at Grey Mountain, said, “Mann Lake has
established itself as the leading supplier of beekeeping products in the
U.S. with a relentless focus on quality and customer service. We believe
that Grey Mountain’s growth capital and operational support will allow
the Company to better serve both new and existing customers while
rapidly expanding into adjacent markets.”

About Mann Lake

Mann Lake, based in Hackensack, MN, is the market leader in the
beekeeping supply market selling wood products, plastic products, feeds,
tools, medications, and apparel, among many other products, throughout
the U.S. Since 1983, the Company has partnered with beekeepers to
develop innovative products that protect and support bee populations. In
addition to Hackensack, MN, the Company has facilities in Woodland, CA,
Marshall, TX, and Wilkes-Barre, PA. Mann Lake also owns and operates D&I
Pure Sweeteners, a leading processor and distributor of sugar.

For more information about Mann Lake, please visit

About Kelley Beekeeping

Kelley Beekeeping, based in Clarkson, KY, has been making high-quality
products for beekeepers since 1924. Building upon the legacy of Walter
T. Kelley, the founder of Kelley Beekeeping and an innovator in the
industry, the Company built a new facility and retail store in Clarkson
in late 2016.

For more information about Kelley Beekeeping, please visit

About Grey Mountain Partners

Grey Mountain Partners is a Boulder, Colorado-based private equity firm
that focuses on partnering with management to create lasting value
through operational improvements and strategic growth initiatives. Since
2003 Grey Mountain has focused on the small end of the middle-market,
investing in more than 40 companies across a wide range of industries.
The firm is currently investing its $425 million Fund III and is
actively pursuing new investment opportunities. For additional details
on the transaction, to discuss new investment opportunities or to learn
about Grey Mountain’s Executive Sponsorship Program, contact Ben Ault in
Minneapolis or Dan Allen in Pittsburgh.

For more information about Grey Mountain Partners, please visit


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