Succeeding Together

Hammond, Kennedy, Whitney & Company, Inc. (HKW) is a private equity firm focused on making investments alongside talented managers in the middle market. We bring a unique set of capabilities to find companies and assist them in their strategic plan with the aim of ultimately driving value alongside the management teams. Above all, we believe in a culture of mutual respect and integrity, and strive to exhibit these values in all that we do.


October 18, 2019

HKW Hires New Vice President for Transaction Team

HKW today announced the hiring of Jay Rhim as a Vice President on the firm's Transaction team. Based in Indianapolis, Mr. Rhim will focus on the business services sector.

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October 2, 2019

HKW Closes Above Target with $365 Million of Commitments in Latest Fund

HKW announced the final closing of HKW Capital Partners V, L.P. with total commitments of $365 million. Launched in September 2017, HKW V exceeded its original $350 million target.

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September 12, 2019

HKW Portfolio Company Fresh Direct Produce Acquires Islands West

Fresh Direct Produce has acquired Islands West. Islands West, founded in 1995, is a wholesaler of produce, processed fruits, dried spices, and fresh-cut vegetables.

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July 18, 2019

HKW Announces Add-on Acquisition by Fresh Direct Produce

HKW announced today that its portfolio company, Fresh Direct Produce, has acquired Emperor Specialty Foods. Emperor, founded in 1986, is a distributor of mushrooms, pears, and other specialty fruits and vegetables. This add-on provides meaningful growth opportunities for Fresh Direct Produce.

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