Company owner: Craig Wylie
Location: Ham Lake, Minnesota
Number of employees (full and part time): 7
Number of years in business: 2
Areas of distribution: U.S. and seeking distribution in other countries
Company was founded because…: Craig has always had a passion for agriculture. He founded the Wolf Creek Elk Ranch in 2000 and his son has managed the herd since the beginning. Like any farmer, he wanted his enterprise to be profitable and soon found out about the use of elk velvet antler in traditional Chinese medicine. Then he created Wapiti Labs. He first created a human product line and some of his customers were using the antler for their pets with amazing results. Wapiti Labs conversed with many holistic veterinarians and industry professionals and developed a line of balanced, natural pet supplements. Now Wapiti Labs is the sole company providing elk velvet antler and herbal supplements to the U.S. pet industry and doing so with incredible results for pets and their owners.
Company pets: Craig’s family has two black labs. Company wide we seem to be a black lab group with six black labs, one brown lab, and one Shiba Inu.
Company product categories: Wapiti Labs products are designed for cats and dogs
Company product lines: Wapiti Labs has five human products and six pet products.
Future product plans: We’re working on equine formulas and a skin lotion with elk velvet antler. A few others are in the works.
Future business plans: Wapiti Labs is seeking distribution in the U.S. and in other countries worldwide.
Product Spotlight: Elk Velvet Antler Natural Supplements contain more than 40 essential nutrients, such as glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate, all of which are naturally found in elk velvet antler, according to the manufacturer. The company reports its formula lineup includes: Mobility, designed to bring back or to retain a pet's youthful mobility; Renal, which promotes healthy kidney function for pets; Strength, which reestablishes and retains strength in limbs and effectively aids with chronic conditions, such as diabetes and Cushing’s; Chest, recommended for deep chest congestion and to relieve lungs coated with chronic mucous and phlegm; GI Tract, formulated to restore fluid in the body, aid digestion, and moisten kidneys, liver and stomach, as well as bring luster back to a pet’s coat; and Post Trauma, which provides support for bruising and acute trauma.
Wapiti Labs Inc., 763-746-0980, www.wapitilabsinc.com
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