Colorado Springs, CO (PRWEB) February 17, 2014
Ray Allen Manufacturing, LLC (“Ray Allen”) and J&J Dog Supplies (“J&J”) today announced a partnership under which J&J’s business will be transitioned from Galesburg, IL to Ray Allen’s facility in Colorado Springs, CO. The partnership will allow J&J to continue to provide exceptional customer service and a unique, high quality product offering while achieving greater efficiencies as a result of the consolidated operations. John Oakley, current President of J&J, joins the combined company as Vice President of Operations and will lead J&J’s obedience and agility equipment sales efforts. Mr. Oakley will also partner with current Ray Allen management on new product development and operations for both companies.
“The partnership with Ray Allen is a great opportunity for us,” said Mr. Oakley. “This relationship allows J&J Dog Supplies to leverage Ray Allen’s manufacturing excellence and long-standing vendor relationships while freeing me up to focus on new sales channels and growth of the J&J product line.”
Steve Cates, President of Ray Allen, added “We are thrilled to announce this partnership with J&J Dog Supplies. J&J holds a long-standing, leading position in the obedience and agility dog niche markets and we hope to build upon that position over the long-term. We are fortunate to add John Oakley to our senior management team. John will continue to support J&J Dog, but Ray Allen will also benefit from his 20+ years of experience in all facets of operations.”
About Ray Allen Manufacturing, LLC
Founded in 1948, Ray Allen Manufacturing is the leading manufacturer and direct marketer of professional canine training products to the law enforcement, military and working dog niche markets in the U.S. The company sells via its catalog and website to canine handlers, trainers and owners in law enforcement, military, homeland security, correctional, professional security and drug enforcement fields. Products include vehicle inserts, body suits, protective sleeves, hand-crafted leather collars and leashes, books, videos, kennels and specialized training products. Ray Allen Manufacturing is owned by the Chicago-based private equity firm Benford Capital Partners (http://www.benfordcapital.com). For more information on Ray Allen Manufacturing, visit http://www.rayallen.com.
About J&J Dog Supplies
Founded in 1965, J&J Dog Supplies is a leading manufacturer and distributor of professional canine training products, primarily to the competition dog agility and obedience niche markets in the United States. Like Ray Allen, J&J sells direct via its catalog and website to dog trainers, handlers and pet owners. Products include competition agility and obedience equipment, hand-crafted leather collars and leashes, books, videos, dog show supplies and specialized training products. For more information on J&J Dog Supplies, visit http://www.jjdog.com.