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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Roolee: MWSBF Borrower Spotlight

Roolee Then & Now On the cusp of college graduation, Kylee Champlin founded Roolee in 2013 when she was given the chance to purchase her college employer’s small boutique and make it her own. Roolee is a women’s fashion retailer in Logan, Utah that also sells home décor and kids apparel. It’s style is best described as fashionably hip with a hint of vintage twist. With and SBA 504 loan, Roolee purchased a condo adjacent to their current retail space, making a larger photo loft and relocated their office space to accommodate the company’s growth. The expansion also allowed the company to open their children’s shop and clothing line “Roolee… Read More

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MTC Studio Designs: MWSBF Borrower Spotlight

Grandest Goals: Small Business Dreams “My grandest goal when I started MTC was to put my business in a situation to be able to buy our own facility,” explains Michael Trent Coates, owner of MTC Studio Designs. “It was a stretch goal that was achieved because Mountain West and Deseret First CU believed in me enough. The process was made as easy as possible through their teams help. Everyone I worked with there was great and always made me feel comfortable.” Through an SBA504 loan, MTC Studio Designs recently relocated to a new location in Woods Cross, Utah. They also received additional working capital to help with growth and overhead… Read More

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Tall Hat Foods: Borrower Spotlight

Tall Hat Foods partnered with Mountain West Small Business Finance on an SBA 504 loan to fund the company’s move into a 30,000 sq. ft. facility in Orem, Utah. The establishment has an enormous kitchen and additional warehouse space for receiving and shipping. Kent Andersen, a long-time chef, also has deep experience in food research, menu fulfillment, and proprietary food product development. He founded Tall Hat Foods to provide kitchen solutions for chefs by co-developing sauces, soups, and proprietary food products—master items that the chefs can then spin into their own signature dishes. The company started with four employees in October of 2018. Tall Hall Foods fulfills a vital need… Read More

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