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Catnip, cat treat manufacturer moving to Ohio

Cosmic Pet Products facility near Hagerstown has already begun the transition

June 06, 2012|By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com
  • Leon Seidman, president and founder of Cosmic Pet Products, is shown in this 2008 Herald-Mail file photo. Seidman is the first person from left in the second row.
Herald-Mail file photo

A Washington County company that manufacturers catnip and other feline treats will close its doors and move to another location in Ohio by the end of the month, a company official said Wednesday.

Rochelle Hartigan, spokeswoman for OurPet’s Co. of Fairport Harbor, Ohio, said in an email that the Cosmic Pet Products facility at 16014 Business Parkway near Hagerstown has already begun the transition to Mentor, Ohio.

She did not give the specific date when the move began.

“The new facility located in Mentor ... has already begun operations, and the transition will be complete by the end of the month,” Hartigan said in the email. “The new facility in Mentor ... is located just miles from the company headquarters in Fairport Harbor. This location allows for quick delivery of product and transfer of materials between facilities to expedite production and shipping times for better service to our customers.”

Hartigan did not respond to a question asking how many employees would be affected by the move.

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The facility had 22 full-time and 10 part-time employees, according to the 2011 Washington County Business & Industry Directory.

Hartigan said the shop supervisor from Cosmic Pet Products would be relocating to Mentor to assist in the leadership at the new facility.

OurPet’s Co. acquired Cosmic Pet Products in 2010, Hartigan said in the email.

Leon Seidman, president and founder of Cosmic Pet Products, said in aHerald-Mailinterview at the time that the sale wouldn’t change the number of local jobs.

Seidman said he started the business in 1975 after finding a good catnip for his pet cat, WB. He said he moved the company to the Hagerstown area in 1977.

Seidman could not be reached Wednesday for comment.

In a statement that was released in 2010 after the transaction, OurPet’s said it anticipated that the addition of Cosmic Pet Products would contribute about $2.25 million to $2.75 million in revenue in the first year after the sale.

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