Oberweis Dairy says they have prospective buyer after filing for bankruptcy protection

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Wednesday, April 24, 2024
Oberweis Dairy says they've found a buyer
Oberweis Dairy filed for bankruptcy and laid off workers at their North Aurora company, but say Brian Boomsma has emerged as a prospective buyer.

NORTH AURORA, Ill. (WLS) -- Oberweis Dairy, an ice cream and dairy company based in North Aurora, said it has a prospective buyer after filing for bankruptcy protection.

The west suburban company filed court documents with the Northern District of Illinois for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on April 12.

Tuesday, Oberweis announced it had received a stalking horse bid to "purchase substantially all of the operating assets of the company" from Illinois businessman Brian Boomsma. In a statement, they said Boomsma plans to continue to operate the company and grow the business.

The sale must be approved in court, and the company said their reorganization process and sale is expected to be finalized in late June.

Oberweis Dairy owes at least $4 million in combined unsecured claims to their top 20 creditors, the documents show. The company could also owe more money to additional creditors that are not in the top 20.

Among the creditors the company owes money to is the Cook County Treasurer, to which Oberweis owes just over $173,000, documents show.

The owners of Oberweis Dairy are related to Illinois Republican politician Jim Oberweis.