MT. MORRIS (WREX) — We now know will be running the White Pines Lodge in Mt. Morris.
We told you last month the resort would reopen under a new name with new management. Now, the state says the new concessionaire is a subsidiary company owned by Nolan Capital, Inc., a family business.
Nolan Capital Inc. has ownership interests in numerous national, state, and local concession operations, retail endeavors, restaurant operations, manufacturing and real estate investments.
"We are so pleased to be bringing this state treasure back to Ogle County residents," said Peter Nolan, Chairman of Nolan Capital. "We are proud to add White Pines Lodge to our family of managed companies."
Nolan Capital has relationships with both Amy Trimble, the current concessionaire of Starved Rock Lodge at Starved Rock State Park and Beth (Henderson) George who operated White Pines Resort for more than 30 years.
Trimble and George will be working as consultants to help prepare White Pines Lodge for opening. Additionally, many of the familiar White Pines employees will join the team, including Troy Derrer who will serve as the General Manager.
The resort announced on Facebook in May of 2020 they were forced into bankruptcy from being closed due to the state's stay-at-home order during the coronavirus pandemic.
Specifically, they said they were hit hardest from not being able to host events of more than 50 people.
The state says the lodge will open "later this spring."
Nolan Capital is the owner of Ortega National Parks, a local, state, and national park concessionaire as well as Rocky Mountain Recreation Company, a campground and marina management company.
Nolan Capital partners with leading middle-market companies that have proven management teams.
Led by Peter J. Nolan, Nolan Capital executes and manages private equity, real estate and other investments on behalf of the Nolan family.