Animal Supply Co. (ASC) has acquired Wilson Pet Supply, based in Hanover Park, Illinois, USA. This acquisition expands Animal Supply's service throughout the Midwest with significant focus in the Chicago area.
"Our mission is to deliver success to the independent pet retailer through product line breadth and services and by being local everywhere to meet our customers’ needs. Wilson's tremendous success over the years, particularly in supplies distribution, will strengthen our product offering and commitment to the independent pet retail channel," said George Ristevski, CEO of Animal Supply Company.
Jim Wilson, chairman of Wilson, added: "Animal Supply is the perfect partner for our customers and vendor partners. ASC's vast resources will bring tremendous value to our retail community and will provide great opportunities for our employees."
Mike Neylon will continue as president of Wilson Pet Supply and will be an integral part of the ASC management team and integration team. After 41 years in the pet supply distribution business, Jim Wilson will retire.
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