Posted: Oct. 25, 2011, 6:40 p.m. EDT
EDITORS' NOTE: This article has been updated to include links to a statement from Rolf C. Hagen Inc. and to a recent Pet Product News International interview with Rolf C. Hagen and his son.
|Rolf C. Hagen Inc. founder and chairman Rolf C. Hagen, left, who died Saturday, is seen with his son Rolf, who is president and CEO. Photo courtesy of Rolf C. Hagen Corp.
Rolf C. Hagen, founder of Rolf C. Hagen Inc., died Saturday at his home in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Hagen died “suddenly yet peacefully,” according to an obituary in the Montreal Gazette. He was in the company of his wife Marianne and his grandson Justin when he passed.
Hagen was born in 1932 in a small resort town on the Baltic Sea north of Hamburg, Germany, as one of 10 children. After his schooling, he entered into an apprenticeship with a fish and pet food industry importer and exporter in Hamburg. He developed a network of industry contacts and moved to Montreal, where he founded the Hagen group of companies as a one-man, import-export operation in 1955. The company grew into an leading global manufacturer and distributor of pet care products.
Hagen was inducted into the American Pet Products Association Hall of Fame in June 1999 and earned the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Pet Industry Distributors Association.
Rolf C. Hagen Inc. released a statement on Oct. 26 regarding its founder’s passing. Click here to read the statement.
To read the Pet Product News International interview with Rolf C. Hagen and Rolf Hagen, click here.
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