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Outward Hound Recapitalizes with J.W. Childs Associates


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Outward Hound in Centennial, Colo., has entered into a partnership with consumer products and retail expert J.W. Childs Associates.

J.W. Childs has a portfolio of current and exited investments that include brands like Meow Mix, Hartz, Pinnacle Foods, Kosta Browne, Mattress Firm, Bass Pro Shops, RevZilla.com and many more.

“Outward Hound will continue creating innovative products in the pet space and could not be more excited about our new partnership with J.W. Childs that will take us to the next level with both our retail partners and consumers,” said Kyle Hansen, founder and “chief woof officer” of Outward Hound. “We completed four acquisitions over the last three years including Petstages, Dublin Dog, Nina Ottosson and Bionic with the goal now of expanding our portfolio even more in current and new categories.”

Four executives from J.W. Childs will join the Outward Hound board of directors: partners David Fiorentino and Adam Suttin, vice president Kyle Casella and operating partner Philip Damiano.

Damiano, operating partner at J.W. Childs and former CEO of Idea Paint, COO of Velcro and president of Esselte, a Rubbermaid Company will be appointed chairman of the board, working closely with Hansen and management.

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