September 22, 2014- Worcester, MA
Ruff Dawg, manufacturer of super-durable, made in the USA Dog Toys and Dog Toy Chews (www.ruffdawg.com), today announced the appointment of Jerry Moffett as Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Mr. Moffett will be responsible for all aspects of the company’s sales and marketing teams and will report directly to the President and owner, Dave Pentland.
Mr. Moffett brings more than 25 years of experience in the Pet Trade to Ruff Dawg, where he has worked for the past 3 years.
“Mr. Moffett’s expertise has really opened new markets for us, helped to creatively expand our product line and doubled sales in the last year alone. We are excited that Mr. Moffett will continue to grow our company by bringing new ideas and forging new relationships in the industry” said Dave Pentland, President and Owner of Ruff Dawg.
About Ruff Dawg
Founded in 1998, Ruff Dawg is a division of Jefferson Rubber Works, a manufacturing company based in Worcester, MA, that manufactures molded rubber products . More information about Ruff Dawg is available at www.RuffDawg.com
Maker of pet toys adds to lineup of popular, American-made products
May 2013- Worcester, MA
Ruff Dawg Pet Toys, a division of Jefferson Rubber Works of Worcester, MA, has announced the acquisition of Astro Manufacturing Co., also of Worcester, and its line of Astro Pet Toys. The acquisition adds to Ruff Dawg’s unique and popular array of American-made products.
“We are incredibly excited to incorporate Astro Pet Toys into the Ruff Dawg portfolio,” said Ruff Dawg owner Dave Pentland. “Astro’s products are proven sellers and will help us expand into new markets while staying true to our values which includes manufacturing our products in the USA.”
Ruff Dawg currently manufactures and distributes over 100 tear and puncture resistant Ruff Toys, such as the K9 Flyer, the SuperTug and the Wabbit. Moving forward, pet toys formerly distributed by Astro Pet Toys will be known as AstroBone by Ruff Dawg products, including AstroBone, AstroGummy Bone, AstroSqueakyBall and AstroFlying Disc. Ruff Dawg expects to double the manufacturing of these products while designing and manufacturing new AstroBone by Ruff Dawg pet toys.
Ruff Dawg expects to add between five and 15 full-time employees and will offer positions to key Astro Pet Toys staff members.
“This represents the union of two Worcester, MA-based companies and is an opportunity for job growth in the area as we expand our manufacturing and distribution operations,” Pentland added. “We plan to become a force in the pet toy industry and believe that the Ruff Dawg by AstroBone line will open doors into grocery store, drug store, big box and other local, regional and national outlets.”
About Ruff Dawg:
Created in 1995, Ruff Dawg pet toys is a division of Jefferson Rubber Works of Worcester, MA, which was incorporated in 1975 and produces cost-efficient rubber molded parts for large volume rubber consumers. Ruff Dawg products, including retrieving and pull toys, are designed and manufactured to be rugged, bendable and tear resistant, gentle on teeth and gums, and appropriate for dogs of all sizes. Jefferson Rubber is a custom rubber molding supplier specializing in custom rubber grommets, rubber bellows, caps, seals and mounts.