Press release: Wixon Inc.
Wixon, Inc., parent company of Gott Pet Products, recently announced that it is investing over $15 million in a large-scale project after experiencing increasing demands and a growing market for its products, which includes Hound & Gatos super premium pet food and Charlee Bear natural treats. “Based on the escalating annual growth rate and steadily increasing retail sales, it became clear that we would need more room for success,” commented Peter Gottsacker, president of Wixon and Gott Pet Products.
In addition to purchasing new manufacturing and packaging machinery, project plans include acquiring a 100,000 square foot facility in an industrial park near the headquarters of this Wisconsin-based, family-owned firm. Besides assuring retailers of a steady supply of Hound & Gatos and Charlee Bear products, this expansion is expected to create 40 new jobs over the next three years. State tax income credits will be provided by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation. According to Patrick McGarry, COO of Gott Pet Products, “this extensive expansion will enable us to meet the needs of our retailer partners for years to come.”
Since its inception, Gott Pet Products has taken two established brands and elevated them to the next level by introducing new packaging and product lines, among other things. The Charlee Bear brand is loved by dogs of all ages and sizes for its natural line of treats that include Grain Free Crunch, Original Crunch, Meaty Bites and Bearnola Bites. Hound & Gatos continues to be a popular favorite among pet parents thanks to its natural, heart healthy dry and canned recipes.
Founded in 1907, Wixon, Inc. is a family-owned spice manufacturing company that produces a range of wet and dry spice blends, seasonings, and flavor modifiers. From Chicago, the company merged with Milwaukee Spice in 1964 and relocated to its current headquarters in St. Francis, Wisconsin. The company became known as Wixon, Inc. in 1987. Wixon, Inc. uses its patented research and development technology to create, produce and distribute its product nationally and internationally for its customers.
As a family-owned company, Gott Pet Products is committed to supporting a healthy lifestyle and ensuring that pets thrive. Its Charlee Bear Original Crunch and Grain Free Crunch dog treats are Pocket Perfect low calorie training treats that won’t make a mess in an owner’s pocket. Bearnola Bites and Meaty Bites are the latest additions to join the line of Beary Tasty Treats. Also included in its portfolio are Hound & Gatos natural diets for cats and dogs, which contain real meat and are available in more than 30 dry and canned recipes to please all palates.