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Posts tagged ‘Meadville’
Posted: November 14th, 2012

People and property weren’t the only victims of Hurricane Sandy.

Meadville-based Ainsworth Pet Nutrition, well known as the maker of Dad’s pet foods, has made a donation to help four-legged victims left homeless or separated from their families by the deadly storm.

The family owned company donated more than four tons of its premium Rachael Ray Nutrish pet foods and snacks to a newly established animal shelter in Queens, N.Y.

The shelter is being funded through a $500,000 donation from Rachael’s Rescue, an organization started by Food Network personality Rachael Ray for whom Ainsworth produces the Nutrish line of foods.

Ray’s organization has made nearly $4 million worth of donations from the sale of Meadville-made Nutrish products.

“This storm was so devastating,” said Faith Radcliffe, vice president of marketing at Ainsworth. “Helping those friends with a donation of pet food is the least we can do.”

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Posted: February 2nd, 2010

Meadville-based Dad’s Pet Care has purchased Arkat Nutrition, a dog and pet food company based in southeastern Arkansas.
With the purchase, Arkat becomes Arkat Animal Nutrition LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Dad’s Pet Care.
In addition to dog food, Arkat makes a wide range of feeds, including food for fish, cats, horses, turtles and cattle.
“The acquisition of Arkat fits perfectly into Dad’s Pet Care’s strategy to grow our portfolio of brands, expand our operational footprint and bring capacity to the industry,” said Elliott Haverlack, chief operating officer for Dad’s. “This purchase is an opportunity that closely aligns with Dad’s Pet Care’s long term vision of growth and expansion.”
Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Dad’s, which was founded in 1933 by the Lang family, also produces foods labeled Rachael Ray Nutrish.
– Jim Martin

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Posted: July 22nd, 2009

Charlie Anderson, president of the Meaville-Western Crawford County Chamber of Commerce for the past 13 years, has announced that he plans to retire by the end of the year.
Anderson said: “It’s been an honor and a pleasure to represent the chamber of commerce and serve the interests of the community and work to make this area a better place to live, work and do business.”
Len Lindberg, chairman of the chamber’s personnel committee, is accepting applications for the position.
– Jim Martin

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Posted: June 17th, 2009

Meadville’s Steak n Shake restaurant is no more. It shut down for business on Tuesday. Owner Nick Scott said the business never lived up to potential, and that its space will soon become home to a dual business. The Erie Steak n Shake is doing well, though, he said.

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