PETMATE® WINS TWO TOP HONORS IN INTERNATIONALLY RENOWNED EDISON AWARDS
Arlington, Texas-based company is first pet products manufacturer to be recognized
(ARLINGTON, Texas) May 2, 2014 – Petmate, the nation’s leading maker of innovative products pet families prefer for home, travel and play, has been named a winner in two categories of the Edison Awards™, marking the first time the internationally renowned organization has honored a pet products company. The winners were announced April 30 at the historic Julia Morgan Ballroom in San Francisco.
Petmate won the Bronze Edison Green Award for its Spectrum resin compounding facility in Mansfield, Texas, and the Bronze Lifestyle Award in the consumer goods category for its See & Extend Pet Carrier.
“Petmate shares the Edison Awards’ commitment to innovation with a visionary, creative-yet-practical approach to pet products,” says Larry Baab, executive vice president of marketing and new product development for Petmate. “We also take pride in helping to preserve the environment through sustainable manufacturing, and winning the Edison Green Award shows that we are succeeding in that mission.”
Petmate’s Spectrum facility is designed top to bottom with the environment in mind, from its water recycling system to its energy-saving electrical production equipment. The facility purchases and consumes more than 40 million pounds of post-industrial/pre-consumer plastic waste per year to create viable injection-grade plastic for use in more than 50 percent of Petmate’s products. Petmate takes recycling a step beyond by reusing all internal scrap, including foam from bedding, for future products, further reducing waste.
The Petmate See & Extend carrier was introduced in 2013 and offers all-in-one convenience, comfort and safety for pets and their families during travel. Developed from Petmate’s experience traveling thousands of miles with pets, the See & Extend features a side pop-out compartment to give dogs and cats room to stretch and mesh “windows” for ventilation and visibility.
Being recognized with an Edison Award has become one of the highest accolades a company can receive in the name of innovation and business. The distinguished awards, inspired by Thomas Edison’s persistence and inventiveness, recognize innovation, creativity and ingenuity in the global economy.
"It's exciting to see companies like Petmate continuing Thomas Edison's legacy of challenging conventional thinking," said Frank Bonafilia, Edison Awards executive director. "The Edison Awards recognize game-changing products and services, and the teams that brought them to consumers."
Edison Award nominees are judged by more than 3,000 senior business executives and academics from across the nation whose votes acknowledge the finalists’ success in meeting the awards’ stringent quality criteria.
Founded in 1963, Petmate is the nation’s leading maker of innovative products pet families prefer for home, travel and play. Arlington, Texas-based Petmate is the trusted authority in functional, high-quality pet products including bedding, kennels, dog houses, feeding and watering products, litter maintenance products, toys, collars, leads and travel solutions, available at pet supply retailers nationwide. Petmate also makes pet family favorite brands Chuckit!, Wetnoz, Aspen Pet, JW and more. For more information, visit www.petmate.com.
About Edison Awards
The Edison Awards is a program conducted by Edison Universe, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to fostering future innovators. The 2014 Edison Awards are sponsored by Ipsos. For more information about the Edison Awards, Edison Universe and a list of past winners, visit www.edisonawards.com.
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