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Manufacturer Buys Pet Food Company with 200 Employees

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The firms have worked together for over a decade.

PITTSBURGH, PA — Ainsworth Pet Nutrition, manufacturer of the Rachael Ray Nutrish line of pet food and treats, announced that is has acquired Triple T Foods of Frontenac, KS, a family-owned pet food co-manufacturer that employs about 200 people.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

With this acquisition, Ainsworth “strengthens its manufacturing capacity and capabilities to support future growth of the Nutrish brand while maintaining and building upon Triple T’s current co-manufacturing relationships,” according to a press release.

Jeff Watters, president and CEO of Ainsworth, said his team is “thrilled to welcome Triple T Foods to the Ainsworth Family.”

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“As one of our most trusted co-manufacturers for more than a decade, Triple T’s similar family-minded culture and enduring commitment to food safety and product quality make this acquisition a very natural fit for both organizations,” Watters said.

He also said Triple T Food’s location in the central U.S. provides convenient access to key pet food ingredients within the nation’s grain and protein belts. 

Triple T Foods President Kurt Terlip said the acquisition “has been about securing a good fit for both organizations – from an operations and supply chain perspective as well as a cultural standpoint.”

“We are excited about today’s news as this acquisition is a great match for Triple T and Ainsworth on all of these fronts and will allow our newly combined organization to grow faster and more efficiently than either could do on its own,” Terlip said.

Terlip will be stepping down from his position as president of Triple T Foods. But, according to the release, Ainsworth will maintain a strong management team from Triple T, including Terlip’s son, Colin, who will manage all operations in Frontenac.

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