Seattle, WA – April 6, 2021 – Rainier Partners announced that is has acquired a majority interest in Calpine Containers, Inc., and its subsidiaries (“Calpine”) in partnership with members of the company’s management team. Headquartered in Clovis, CA, Calpine is one of the largest West Coast packaging distributors serving the agriculture industry. Rainier’s investment will help Calpine accelerate growth while maintaining its focus on quality, reliability, and customer service.

“The entire Calpine team is excited to partner with Rainier,” said Walt Tindell, CEO of Calpine. “Since Calpine’s founding in 1895, we have worked hard to establish a reputation for excellent service and dependability. We look forward to continuing that tradition with Rainier’s support. Rainier’s distribution industry expertise and experience assisting middle-market companies will be invaluable as we work to better serve our customers and capitalize on compelling growth opportunities in the market.”

Commenting on the transaction, Alex Rolfe, Managing Partner of Rainier, said: “Calpine’s track record of exceptional service, quality products, and fair pricing provides a solid foundation upon which we are excited to build. We look forward to working with Walt and the entire Calpine team.”

Jon Altman, Managing Partner of Rainier, added: “Calpine has a well-earned reputation as a dependable partner to its customers. We are thrilled that Calpine has chosen to partner with us, and we look forward to supporting management as Calpine extends its 125-year history.”

Calpine’s employees have retained an ownership interest in the company alongside Rainier, and the business will continue to be managed by Walt Tindell, Ken Sommers (CFO), and Eva Hammond (CAO).


Founded in 1895 and headquartered in Clovis, CA, Calpine distributes boxes, pallets, and inner packaging along with value-added services to produce growers in California, Arizona, and Mexico. The Company leverages a footprint of 11 locations throughout key agricultural regions of California and Arizona to serve a customer base of more than 500 fresh produce growers and marketers.