After a decade of experience in the animal feed industry, Don Pestell starts a distribution company, Pestell-Agri Products, distributing 5 feed ingredients to Ontario feed dealers from a leased building located in New Hamburg, Ontario, Canada.
Pestell Agri-Products is one of the first companies in North America to sell soft wood shavings as a replacement for straw bedding for use in broiler barns and horse stables.
Pestell Transport is established with 4 transport trucks delivering wood shaving to U.S. customers while picking up feed ingredients from U.S. based suppliers that will be distributed by Pestell Agri-Products.
Pestell Agri-Products is one of the first companies to compress wood shavings into bales for easier and efficient transport reducing the freight cost per bale.
Don Pestell purchases 7 acres and constructs an office and warehouse at the company’s present location in New Hamburg, Ontario, located approximately 100km west of Toronto in the center of Ontario’s agricultural industry.
Pestell Pet Products is launched to market Pestell branded pet products.
Pestell Pet Products launches clumping cat litter under the Pestell brand name “Easy Clean”.
Pestell Pet Products launches a line of small animal bedding and builds the first production facility in Canada to produce compressed wood shavings for the pet market.
Pestell Group purchases a fertilizer blending facility in Baden, Ontario and converts it to a packaging facility. This gives them the capability of receiving bulk materials via rail or truck.