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Animal Supply Company to Acquire Lads Pet Supplies

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The deal is set to close April 21.

IRVING, TX – Pet food and supplies distribution firm Animal Supply Company announced that it will acquire the assets of Lads Pet Supplies, which is headquartered in Angola, NY.

Financial terms of the deal, which is expected to close April 21, were not disclosed. Lads offers brands such as Fromm, Bayer, KLN, Merrick and Zignature.

Lads will operate as a separate division of ASC and will continue to service customers as Lads Pet Supplies. Lads operations will remain unchanged, according to a press release.

“Expanding our presence in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic – furthering our relationship with our current customers and welcoming new customers to the ASC family – further grows our distribution platform essential to our Strategic Plan,” said Don McIntyre, CEO of ASC. “We also welcome the entire Lads team to ASC which Ron Smith will continue to lead as president of Lads.”

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Founded in 1963 by Bill and Doris Smith, Lads Pet Supplies has focused on “being a great partner for the independent pet specialty retailer,” according to the release.

“This is an exciting opportunity for two great companies,” Ron Smith said. “Lads and ASC both share a passion for pets and a focus on strong relationships with our customers and vendors.”

Lads’ exclusive M&A adviser was Aaron, Bell International.

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$34M Factory Will Produce Dry Dog and Cat Food

It’s expected to open in early 2021.

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DRUMMONDVILLE, QUEBEC — The Groupe Inovo, a family poultry business, and Groupe Legault, a family business that owns Mondou pet store chain, are planning a C$45 million (US$34 million) manufacturing plant.

The facility, to be called Jupiter, will be located in Drummondville and will manufacture dry dog and cat food, according to a press release. It will create about 50 jobs over the next five years.

The plant will be located on Route 139 in the Drummondville Industrial Park, near highways 55 and 20 as well as the U.S. border.

The site was chosen “to allow the plant to be more agile in its exports to the United States,” according to the release.

Construction began in July and will take approximately 18 months to complete, with an expected opening in early 2021.

The project will be supported financially by Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions, Investissement Québec and Desjardins, in addition to Groupe Inovo and Groupe Legault.

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‘World’s Cutest Rescue Dog’ Revealed (VIDEO)

She’s a 6-year-old Keeshond.

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People magazine has announced the winner of its second annual World’s Cutest Rescue Dog Contest.

It’s Kasey, a 6-year-old Keeshond. She beat out 7,000 other dogs to claim the 2019 title.

He rewards include an appearance on the Today show, a year’s supply of dog food from Pedigree and a $1,000 donation earmarked for the Keeshond Affiliated Rescuers of the Mid-Atlantic, according to People.

 

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Help Wanted: NC Seeks First Dog Travel Agent

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Visit North Carolina is seeking a dog to help tell the world about the state’s best travel destinations.

The lucky canine will be the state’s first Dog Travel Agent.

The search began on National Dog Day (Aug. 26), when North Carolina dogs and their humans were invited to submit a one-minute application video at DogTravelAgent.com, according to public relations and advertising agency LGA, which partnered with Visit North Carolina for the campaign.

The recruitment effort runs through Sept. 15.

The campaign “was inspired by the insight that most dog-focused content is created by and for people, not their pupper pals,” according to LGA.

Dog Travel Agent will produce and curate dog-friendly travel content showcasing the state’s beaches, national parks, cities and outdoor activities, along with information such as where to stay, what to eat and how to get around. Dog influencer visits and in-market activations are also in the works.

Here are the benefits of the job, according to Visit North Carolina:

  • A travel stipend to help your hooman buy more of those souvenir stuffies that keep exploding.
  • Four sight-sniffing trips to hike mountains, explore parks and bite waves all across North Carolina.
  • Be your own pupparazzi with a GoPro camera and harness just for you.
  • Get asked for your pawtograph by your fans.

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