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I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Central Garden & Pet.
Easy phone and in-person interview. Phone call lasted about 20 minutes-the territory manager explained the position and asked basic questions. Was asked to meet at a local distributor where the territory manager explained what you'd do on a normal day.
Central has purchased General Pet Supply, a family-owned, Midwest-based distributor of pet food and supplies. Founded in 1959, General Pet is similar to our Pet Distribution business, and is focused on providing superior customer service for the pet specialty and veterinary markets. With over 350 employees, General Pet sells over 14,000 products from 120 different manufacturers through its 6 branches – Milwaukee, WI, Minneapolis, MN, Dayton, OH, St. Louis and Kansas City, MO, and Wichita, KS, with corporate offices in Milwaukee.
The addition of General Pet is strategically important to Central. With the addition of the company, Central expands its geographic footprint giving us unparalleled distribution and growth capabilities in the pet industry. We enthusiastically welcome General Pet and its employees to the Central family and look forward to all the accomplishments we will celebrate together!
The combination of two recent acquisitions, Dallas Manufacturing Company (DMC) and K&H Manufacturing, has put Central Garden & Pet in the #1 share position of pet bedding, pet stairs, and cots. DMC, acquired in December 2015, has many long-standing relationships with key retailers supplying high-quality bed products at a great value. In April of 2017, Central added K&H, the largest producer of heated pet beds in the world.
Pet bedding is the fifth largest segment of the $12 billion pet supplies market with favorable future growth projections making it an important segment for Central. To leverage the expertise of the two organizations within the segment, Central has created a new business unit called Central Pet Home Essentials, led by Cris Weekes, Senior Vice President/GM, Dallas Manufacturing and K&H.
With the formation of the new business unit, we created a unique identity for the team and one that, as part of the Central family, looks towards the future to build a stronger presence in the larger categories in which we compete.