Imperial Dade buys a distributor serving the Northwest

Insight Distributing is the 77th company to be acquired by Imperial Dade since management was assumed by the Tillis family.
Insight serves Washington and Idaho. | Photo: Shutterstock

Packaging and janitorial-supplies distributor Imperial Dade said it has acquired Insight Distributing, a company serving foodservice locations in Idaho and Washington.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Imperial Dade indicated in announcing the deal that Insight’s two facilities in the Pacific Northwest will remain in operation.

"The Insight partnership provides great value in the large and growing Western market which is key as Imperial Dade expands geographically and grows nationally with our customers, Jason Tillis, CEO of Imperial Dade, said in a statement. “We enthusiastically welcome the Insight family into Imperial Dade."

The purchase is the 77th acquisition that’s been made by Imperial Dade since Tillis and his father, Robert Tillis, assumed control of the company in 2007. Robert Tillis serves as chairman.

The company said it services 120,000 customers across the North American market, including Canada.

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