Western Nut Company: MWSBF Borrower Spotlight

April 1966, Wellington McDonald and Helen Bean founded the Western Nut Company with a business model that called for acquiring the highest quality of raw nuts in the industry, and then roasting them to perfection. Ownership changed hands in 1983, and the company has remained family-owned ever since. Throughout Western Nut’s 50-plus year history, the hallmarks of quality and freshness remain tenants of the company’s success to this day. With an SBA504 Loan, Loren Mercer and his business partners —his brothers Lloyd Mercer and Lee Mercer—purchased the existing Western Nut factory store property after Loren had spent 10 years working as an executive for Western Nut. In addition to the factory… Read More

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S&B Aluminum Foundry: MWSBF Borrower Spotlight

The Great American Story I sit with Seng and Hensen Rin for almost an hour. They’re the father-son team behind S&B Aluminum Foundry in West Valley City, Utah. Seng, the father and owner of S&B, is originally from Cambodia. His son Hensen, the company’s vice-president, was born in the states after Seng (an orphan who escaped the Cambodian Killing fields in the late 70s) was moved from a refugee camp in Thailand to the states. Seng’s story has all the makings of a NYT Bestseller. I’m on the edge of my seat, and also somewhere between disbelief and astonishment the entire time the tale is relayed. Hensen, peppers in commentary,… Read More

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