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Animal Supply Acquires Zeus & Co.'s Western Division

Posted: Dec. 17, 2012, 5:15 p.m. EST
Updated: Dec. 21, 2012, 6:00 p.m.

Barely a month after buying Lone Star Pet Supply, Seattle-based Animal Supply Co. acquired another pet products distributor Dec. 14.

Zeus & Co. California (West), a division of Chicago-based Zeus & Co., was sold to Animal Supply for an undisclosed price, Animal Supply reported.

The acquisition nearly closes a hole in Animal Supply's network, bringing the company into Southern California, southern Nevada and part of Arizona. The purchase of Schertz, Texas-based Lone Star on Nov. 7 added Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Kansas to Animal Supply’s portfolio.

“This acquisition accelerates Animal Supply’s strategy of offering innovative solutions and world-class service to our manufacturer and retail partners on a nationwide basis,” said Jeff Sutherland, president of Animal Supply. “We are eager to roll out Animal Supply’s value-added services, such as PRISM retail store merchandising and Pet Supply Link, to our new customers as we further enhance our relationships and service levels.”

 Zeus & Co. Network

Zeus & Co. will operate throughout 11 states and in parts of three states from distribution centers in Des Plaines, Ill. (1), and Cottage Grove, Minn. (2).
Map courtesy of Zeus & Co.

Zeus released a statement that all of its employees in the West Coast division now work for Animal Supply.

“No vendors will be affected by the sale and all daily business operations will remain in place to ensure a smooth transition,” Zeus reported. “[We] would like to thank all...West customers and publicly say it has been a pleasure to serve them.”

Zeus, founded in 1997 by current president David Levy, continues to operate distribution centers in Des Plaines, Ill., and Cottage Grove, Minn. The company is expanding into western Kentucky and western Tennessee as well as Oklahoma and Arkansas, bringing to 14 the number of states serviced from Minnesota and Illinois, spokeswoman Sue Wolfe said.

“Current vendors of Zeus & Co. and the daily operations and services to retailers in the Midwest regions will continue as normal,” the company stated. “Zeus & Co. will continue to strive for excellence in service, providing top pet nutrition products and cutting-edge supplies to the independent pet retailer marketplace. Strong sales for 2013 and beyond are expected.”

Lone Star chairman and CEO Dennis Stahl and president Danny Selman became equity partners in Animal Supply upon the acquisition. The November merger resulted in the company doing business in 20 states, representing more than 300 manufacturers and delivering to more than 4,000 pet stores.


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