Red Oak provided help to a metal and plastic container producer based in Chicago, which had revenue of approximately $120 million annually but lacked overall strategy for growth. Although the company was profitable, growth in sales and earnings was leveling off largely because of deep family disagreements. The owners were two brothers (each with 50% ownership) who vehemently refused to work together.

Red Oak arranged an investment of approximately $15 million and a new banking line of $35 million was established with LaSalle Bank.