Bil-Jac Canine Meals celebrates 75 years in Medina — that’s about 13 in ‘canine years’

MEDINA, Ohio — Bil-Jac was based in 1947 by Invoice and Jack Kelly due to their shared ardour to see canine thrive. The pet food firm has been holding canine tummies full ever since.

Whereas serving in World Struggle II, Invoice visited a big kennel of German shepherds being educated as bomb-sniffing canine. When he noticed that they have been scraggly and undernourished, he requested his dad to ship recent meat, cereal and dietary supplements in order that he may put together nutritious meals for them. The canine shortly started wanting and performing much better.

When Invoice returned house, he got down to enhance pet food diet. By way of trial and error, he found the very best mixture of substances, nutritional vitamins and minerals and the very best course of to guard these vitamins.

Bil-Jac’s headquarters might be discovered at 3337 Medina Highway in Medina. The corporate is celebrating its seventy fifth anniversary this 12 months. (Mary Jane Brewer, particular to

On Jan. 8, 1947, he delivered his first pet food to 11 prospects, principally neighbors. The recipe was made recent day by day and could possibly be refrigerated three or 4 days.

That recipe was then refined to supply frozen pet food, utilizing meat because the No. 1 ingredient — because it nonetheless does immediately. The recipe and the very particular method it was made have been so revolutionary that the Kellys have been in a position to get the primary U.S. pet food patent in 1951.

That keenness to supply nutritious meals for canine was handed all the way down to Invoice’s sons: Bob, Ray and Jim. Ray and Jim have retired, however Bob continues to be the president of Bil-Jac and hopes to work 20 extra years.

“I’ve constructed a administration staff that I like — they respect the corporate’s values,” Bob stated.

Bil Jac President Bob Kelly

Bil-Jac pet food firm president Bob Kelly is constant the work began by his father, Invoice, and uncle, Jack, 75 years in the past. (Picture Courtesy of Bil-Jac)

A cum laude graduate of Ohio College with a level in enterprise, Bob’s delight in his firm and in his household is quickly obvious.

“My dad was a genius,” he stated. “The corporate is all about diet, and the meals tastes nice. Animals are more healthy on our meals.”

In 1987, Bil-Jac started to fabricate a dry pet food utilizing recent meat substances and a mild cooking and drying methodology referred to as Nutri-Lock. The meals accommodates 25 kilos of recent rooster and balanced carbohydrates in each 30-pound bag of dried meals. Not like many different canine meals available on the market, Bil-Jac doesn’t add fats to make the meals style higher.

The corporate provides 30 merchandise on-line, together with particular recipes for puppies, seniors and large-breed canine, in addition to particular food plan meals which can be flax-free, gluten-free, grain-free and excessive in protein. In addition they supply corn-, wheat-, pea- and soy-free meals for canine with delicate digestive techniques.

One particular meals is known as “Choosy No Extra.”

In addition they promote a big line of treats, resembling rooster liver, whitefish recipe or banana and peanut butter flavored.

“Some folks assume we’re a deal with firm,” Bob stated.

Bil-Jac’s headquarters might be discovered at 3337 Medina Highway. the manufacturing facility that produces all frozen Bil-Jac is located behind the headquarters constructing. Dry Bil-Jac is produced in Maryland.

The meals might be bought in the USA, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Panama, Costa Rica, Mexico, Canada, Israel and Australia.

Canine homeowners can discover Bil-Jac meals domestically at Tractor Provide, Pet Provides Plus, PetSmart or on-line at

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