Scale Finance Closes Senior Debt Raise for Meridian

Meridian Zero Degrees LLC is an award-winning, kiosk manufacturer and software developer supporting the self-service industry. From concept to completion, Meridian specializes in the design, engineering, fabrication, assembly, integration, staging, deployments and support of self-service kiosks. Meridian designs turn-key solutions and specialized custom solutions for clients globally. Based in Aberdeen, North Carolina with a Self-Service Technology Center in Bentonville, Arkansas, and software operations in Mississauga, Ontario, Meridian was founded by Chris Gilder in 1999.

With the financial advisory support of Scale Finance, Meridian has closed a new capital raised comprised of senior debt through First Bancorp.  Scale Finance Managing Director Gerhard Renner provides CFO services to Meridian and commented “this is a perfect example of Scale Finance’s model at work – our Chief Financial Officers leverage the expertise of our capital markets group, and work hand in hand with the entrepreneurs to ensure we present a comprehensive and compelling case to our financial partners”.

By forming partnerships with Intel, HP, Microsoft, Zebra, Storm Technologies and niche technology companies, Meridian continues to incorporate the latest technology into self-service solutions. With large scale deployments in retail, hospitality, transportation, healthcare and government, Meridian continues to deliver with focus on design, quality and customer brands.

This funding expands Meridian’s balance sheet enabling the Company to capitalize on growth opportunities, expand working capital, and make capital investments, particularly in mzero software solutions, the Company’s software division launched in 2012.

About First Bancorp

First Bank was established in Troy, North Carolina built on a commitment to care for customers like no other bank, providing genuine community bank service and helpful solutions from local bankers who care about doing what’s right. With more than 77 years of dedicated service, that commitment has not wavered. First Bank proudly serves 29 counties in North Carolina, with locations in South Carolina and Virginia, for a total of nearly 100 full-service branches and is the fourth largest bank headquartered in North Carolina with approximately $3.2 billion in assets.

About Scale Finance

Scale Finance LLC ( provides contract CFO services, Controller solutions, and support in raising capital, or executing M&A transactions, to entrepreneurial companies. The firm specializes in cost-effective financial reporting, budgeting & forecasting, implementing controls, complex modeling, business valuations, and other financial management, and provides strategic help for companies raising growth capital or considering M&A/recapitalization opportunities. Most of the firm’s clients are growing technology, healthcare, business services, consumer, and industrial companies at various stages of development from start-up to tens of millions in annual revenue. Scale Finance LLC has offices throughout the southeast including Charlotte, Raleigh/Durham, Greensboro, Wilmington, Washington D.C. and South Florida with a team of more than 40 professionals serving more than 100 companies throughout the region.