The Merit Distribution Group

Largest full-line distributor of painting and flooring installation sundries in the United States. Merit, through its Lancaster and E.J. Welch brands, provides just-in-time delivery to retailers and installers of sundries, tools, and products used for painting and flooring installation.


Active Investment – Fund I


Painting and flooring sundries, products, and installation tools

Center Rock Contact

Arun Laxmanan


Spartanburg, SC

Year Invested



10 distribution centers and 31 branches located throughout the United States and Canada

Investment Summary

Equity investment in partnership with management supporting market growth


Gilford-Johnson Midwest Operations, T&L Distributing, Janco Chemical

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