A true financing partner takes the time to understand a company’s vision and offers support by methodically structuring a unique financing opportunity that helps a company scale with purpose.
GBC has supported several sustainability-driven companies — from organically sourced personal care products and fair-trade clothing, to paper derived from agricultural and recycled fibers. What has made these relationships noteworthy is an ability to think outside the traditional financing box that is often too restrictive for these types of companies.
“Gibraltar is interested in understanding the business and developing a partnership, rather than just having a lending relationship,” said Drew Cook, Pact CFO and Head of Operations and Wholesale, Pact is an apparel and home goods business that makes all its products with organic cotton in fair-trade certified factories. GBC helped the company through its early stages. For a company like Pact, being sustainability-minded was part of its core business model, and its brand mission. GBC’s team took the time to understand the context surrounding the financial circumstances and company growth prospects as they structured a flexible credit facility to meet the needs of this mission-driven business.
Advancing Social Impact with a Financing Lifeline
GBC has worked to provide greater liquidity and financial flexibility for companies of all stages, and across many diverse industries. This was the case for Cora, a provider of ethically sourced, organic, and innovative feminine hygiene products. Gibraltar’s financing allowed the company to form a partnership that would provide immediate stability, while providing access to capital that allowed them to scale.
“Gibraltar’s reputation and capital resources make us feel confident that we can look to them for the liquidity we need not only now, but in future years,” said David Lacy, Cora’s CFO. “We’re excited about using these funds to continue our mission of empowering women with innovative products, health education and economic opportunities.”
The same was true for Willamette Falls Paper Company — an independent manufacturer that utilizes sustainable and recycled fiber sources to produce coated freesheet, offset, envelope, packaging, and specialty paper. Faced with funding sources that were too restrictive, the startup operation turned to GBC and in turn was met with an innovative financing solution tailored to their distinct growth opportunities.
Building a sustainability-minded company brings ebbs and flows in operating logistics, manufacturing and distribution and revenues. There is often great need for capital investments to bridge these gaps. Gibraltar’s ability to think outside the box and offer a viable financing solution has allowed for substantial growth across mission-driven companies. At Gibraltar, we are here to serve companies as they navigate these transitions and grow their vision towards a more sustainable future.