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Elmira Pet Products values our long history, the strength of our employees and our partnerships with customers, suppliers and the pet industry. With almost 40 years of experience developing and manufacturing pet food, we look forward to the next chapter.

1923-1978: Martin Feed Mills

1923 - The roots of Elmira Pet Products can be traced back to Eli Martin who operated a chopping mill to grind grains for local farmers. This humble start was the foundation of Martin Feed Mills who went on to supply well-known brands including Doc Kennedy, named after the staff veterinarian, Dr. Al Kennedy.

1979-1995: Martin Pet Foods

1979 - Business thrived and the company looked to diversify, beginning pet food manufacturing. The facility started shipping a super-premium pet food to compete against the well-established American brands. As sales grew the company continued to invest in to their facility, now the current home of Elmira Pet Products.

1980 - The strong quality and performance reputation of the brands produced in Elmira attracted top-tier private label customers to inquire about manufacturing, marking the start of our private label business.

1988 - The first export shipment was sent to Japan, marking the start of our very successful international market presence.

1990 - A therapeutic, veterinary product line was introduced, going on to become the #1 brand within the channel. Innovation, product performance, quality and palatability were second to none.

1995 - To ensure the highest standards, the plant staff worked diligently to receive ISO 9000 certification.

1996-2001: H.J. Heinz

1996 - The successful and thriving business was purchased by H.J. Heinz Company of Canada Ltd. This acquisition allowed Heinz to be ranked un the top five pet food companies in the world.

2002-2004: Del Monte

2002 - Del Monte purchased the North American Pet Food and Pet Snacks business from Heinz, included in this was the Elmira facility.

2004 - Del Monte sold select brands to Royal Canin who was looking to enter the veterinary channel. These products continued to be made in Elmira for six years to ensure the high quality standards and service expectations were maintained.

2005-Present: Elmira Pet Products

2005 - Joining the Research & Development team in 1993, Bryan Cook, now Elmira Pet Products CEO/President, worked his way through all key areas of the operation. Throughout the 12 years leading up to 2005, Bryan was able to experience the commitment, expertise and passion of his coworkers, all while developing a firsthand knowledge of the plant, motivating him to purchase the manufacturing facility and start Elmira Pet Products.

2009 - The distribution of Elmira Pet Products’ top-quality products around the world increased again when it met the stringent quality standards required to achieve European Union certification.

2011 - Elmira Pet Products welcomed the expertise of Dave Johnston and Paul Feick as shareholders. Dave brought to the operation over two decades of experience in business and product development expertise in senior management positions. Paul, an entrepreneurial leader, also brought over two decades of experience but with a focus in advancing corporations into high performance cultures.

2012 - Continuing a commitment to the highest food safety standards in the industry, Elmira Pet Products became the first dry pet food company in Canada to receive the BRC food safety accreditation, and has been certified by BRC every year since.

2013 - The ever increasing demand for top-quality pet food led to Elmira Pet Products breaking ground on what would be a multiyear $31MM expansion and improvement to the facility.

2015 - Phase 1 of the aforementioned multiyear project focused on the expansion and refurbishment of the dry-mix operation. This phase saw the construction of a dedicated ingredient warehouse, an enclosed receiving area, additional dry ingredient silos, new hammer mills and various new pieces of equipment, software and support systems. All of these improvements were implemented to optimize material handling, increase throughput capacity and above all, further food safety and security processes.

2016 - Phase 2 of the project saw the focus shift to the construction of a brand new facility extension to house additional extruders, a dedicated fresh ingredient handling area and additional lunchroom and office space for the growing workforce of over 200 employees. The expansion allowed Elmira Pet Products to bring in a fifth extruder and afforded room for a sixth unit in the future.







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