Current Investments

Real Estate

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Laird Norton Properties (LNP) is a Seattle-based real estate investment company that owns and operates a large portfolio of light industrial, office and mixed-use properties. It was formed in 2006 and is the largest investment of Laird Norton Company, with holdings of more than $350 million distributed throughout the Midwest and Western United States. Since 2006, Laird Norton Properties has transformed its portfolio substantially through dispositions and acquisitions. Laird Norton Properties targets attractive risk adjusted returns across the risk spectrum from core real estate to ground up development.

Consumer

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Fusion Academy is an alternative, college-prep school that offers one-to-one classes, personalized teaching, and flexible scheduling for students 6-12. READ MORE
zevia
Zevia is a leading producer of naturally sweetened, zero calorie sodas. With formulas that are certified vegan, Kosher and gluten free, Zevia offers 15 flavors that provide consumers with better-for-you alternatives to sugary, artificially sweetened sodas. LNC, which invested in Zevia in 2015, is an influential minority investor with board representation. VIEW WEBSITE.  
winona
LNC is a significant investor in funds managed by Winona Capital Management (WCM), a Chicago-based private equity firm that specializes in growth capital investments in consumer companies. WCM invests in growing companies with well thought-out business models that desire capital to achieve the next stage of growth. In addition to capital, WCM contributes expertise and operational know-how to affect the long-term growth of its portfolio companies. READ CASE STUDY

Asset Management

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Laird Norton Wealth Management, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Laird Norton Company, is a Seattle-based firm specializing in financial planning, investment management, and trust services. Founded by LNC in 1967, LNWM has grown into the premier independent wealth management firm in the Pacific Northwest and currently manages more than $4 billion in assets. READ CASE STUDY

Sustainability

WISErg
WISErg is a hybrid technology company combining bio-, clean-, and high-tech systems to create a revolutionary solution for managing urban-generated organics and converting them into high value fertilizer. LNC, which invested in 2015, is a minority investor with board representation. View website.

Past Investments

Building Materials

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Lanoga Corporation
Over the course of more than 40 years of Laird Norton’s stewardship, this lumber and building materials distribution business evolved through a combination of organic growth, partnerships and acquisitions, and eventually became the nation’s third largest professional building materials dealer. Prior to its sale, the company operated lumber and materials centers under the names of United Building Centers, Spenard Builders Supply, Lumbermen’s, Home Lumber Co., Dixieline Lumber Co, Parker Lumber Co. and F.E. Wheaton and Co. When LNC sold the company in 2006 to Fidelity Capital it had revenues in excess of $3 billion from six divisions with 320 locations in 24 states. READ CASE STUDY

Asset Management

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In 1971 Laird Norton Company was the founding investor of Frontenac Company, a Chicago-based private equity investment firm that focused on backing proven operating executives through its CEO1ST approach. LNC was initially Frontenac’s sole investor and the partnership between LNC and Frontenac lasted more than 30 years, with LNC investing in Frontentac’s eighth fund in 2003.

Hospitality

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Triple Tree
From 1990 until 2004, LNC invested in the hospitality industry through Triple Tree Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary that owned and operated resorts. Poco Diablo Resort in Sedona, AZ, the flagship property, was purchased in 1990 and sold in 2004 when LNC decided to exit the resort business. Other properties included the Pala Mesa Resort in Fallbrook, CA which was purchased in 1998, upgraded, repositioned, and sold in 2001.