Animal Supply Completes Lone Star Pet Deal

Animal Supply Co. has completed the acquisition of Schertz, Texas-based Lone Star Pet Supply. Terms of the deal were not released. Animal Supply is a portfolio company of The Halifax Group. Lone Star Pet is a wholesale distributor of pet products in the south central United States, serving Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Kansas.

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Animal Supply Company announced today that it has completed the acquisition of Schertz, Texas-based Lone Star Pet Supply. Dennis Stahl, Chairman and CEO of Lone Star Pet, and Danny Selman, President of Lone Star Pet, will become equity investors in Animal Supply. Mr. Stahl will join Animal Supply’s board of directors and Mr. Selman will continue as Animal Supply’s Regional President – Southwest. The two companies will operate as Lone Star Pet and Animal Supply in their respective markets. Transaction terms were not disclosed.

The acquisition enables Animal Supply and Lone Star Pet to offer its customers and manufacturers an unmatched level of service, breadth of products and geographic reach. The combined business will now cover 20 states, represent over 300 pet product manufacturers and deliver to more than 4,000 pet retail stores.

Lone Star Pet is the leading wholesale distributor of pet products in the south central United States, serving Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Kansas. The company carries one of the broadest product selections in the industry, enabling it to serve nearly all of its customers’ product needs. It also has one of the industry’s most advanced warehouse and delivery systems, resulting in best-in-class order accuracy and on-time delivery rates. Lone Star Pet was founded in 1952 and acquired by Dennis and Anna Stahl in 1986.

“We are very excited to welcome Dennis Stahl, Danny Selman and the rest of the Lone Star Pet team to Animal Supply,” said Jeff Sutherland, President of Animal Supply. “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. Together with Lone Star Pet, we will have over 400 associates working every day to achieve our mission of delivering success to our partners.”

Mr. Selman said, “Combining Lone Star Pet with Animal Supply is a natural fit. Our two companies share a common culture, operating philosophy, and progressive vision for the future of the wholesale pet distribution industry. We are eager to roll out Animal Supply’s value-added services, such as PRISM retail store merchandising and Pet Supply Link, to our Lone Star Pet customers as we further enhance our relationships and service levels.”

“I’m looking forward to joining the Animal Supply board of directors and working on our shared strategic vision of building out a truly exceptional pet distribution company, providing unique services in support of our retailer and manufacturer partners across North America,” added Dennis Stahl.

Animal Supply is one of the nation’s leading pet food and supply distributors. Headquartered in Federal Way, Washington, Animal Supply provides weekly service to customers in 14 western states from Bakersfield, California to Barrow, Alaska to Greeley, Colorado. With more than 400,000 square feet of warehouse space and some of the most advanced distribution technologies available, the company delivers over 10,000 unique SKUs to nearly 3,000 customers with market-leading efficiency and accuracy. Animal Supply operates five strategically located distribution centers in Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho and Colorado.

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