ButcherJoseph & Co. (“ButcherJoseph”) served as exclusive financial advisor to Rapid Response, Inc. (“Rapid Response” or the “Company”) on its sale to an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). Starting in 1982 with one straight truck and one furniture delivery customer, Rapid Response has grown into one of the Midwest’s largest and most successful transportation companies, delivering furniture across the St. Louis metro area. The transaction closed on December 31, 2022.
Since its founding, Rapid Response has grown into a large asset-based transportation provider specializing in full truckloads, less than full truckloads (LTL), local deliveries, home deliveries, and home appliance and furniture services. The Company has a fully staffed logistics division that has access to thousands of carriers with logistics professionals ready to tackle any transportation needs.
“Our business is built on long-term relationships and excellent service. I believe the ESOP transaction will only help strengthen our commitment to our customers,” stated Rapid Response Founder and President Rick Palo.
The formation of an ESOP makes Rapid Response 100% employee-owned, and the Company’s stock is now wholly held by the ESOP for the exclusive benefit of its employees.
Butcher Joseph Managing Director, Alberto del Pilar, commented, “Rapid Response has flourished into one of many attractive businesses in the St. Louis area. Through a leveraged ESOP sale, we provided liquidity to the seller as well as an opportunity for employees to participate in the future growth of the Company. It was an honor to work with Rick and the Rapid Response team and we look forward to the continued success of the Company.”