Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)


Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)


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ST. LOUIS ACQUISITIONS Purina Mills Buys Oklahoma Feed Company

Purina Mills Inc. has bought Cole Grain Co. of Muskogee, Okla., a regional feed and pet food manufacturer.

Terms weren't disclosed.

Cole's feed mill will relieve capacity crunches at Purina Mills' surrounding plants and give the company access to new markets, said David L. Abbott, vice president and chief operating officer.

Cole, founded in 1939, has 300 dealers in eastern Oklahoma, northeast Texas, western Arkansas, northwest Louisiana and southwest Missouri. The company produced bagged commercial feeds under the Cole brand and pet food under the Happy Hound and Pet Nutritional Systems brands. Purina Mills will keep Cole's 70 employees and its product lines. Cole will operate as a Purina subsidiary.

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