By: Bubbajunk.com

Hartz Mountain CorpÂâ€Ã¢„¢s supply of animal pet products begins in 1926 when 26-year old Max Stern decided to leave his native Germany for the promises of America. Germany was suffering from the ravages of the First World War – the chances of employment were very bleak, inflation seriously out of control and opportunities for an ambitious young man were very bleak. The lure of America's stability, freedom and promises of economic opportunity beckoned an almost penniless Max Stern.Thirty three years later, Max's son, Leonard was absorbed into the company and expanded Hartz MountainÂâ€Ã¢„¢s product lines into goldfish, tropical fish and a full line of aquatic supplies. In the 60's they introduced dog and cat products. Modern research and manufacturing facilities were built, a large sales force was formed, and strategically located regional distribution centers were established. By the early 1980s Hartz products were sold in more than 40,000 U.S. and Canadian retail outlets.One of the worldÂâ€Ã¢„¢s leading integrated global trading firms with trade, distribution and diversified investments in a wide range of industries and commodities, including industrial and consumer goods, the Sumitomo Corporation of America (SCOA) together with its parent, Sumitomo Corporation (SC), acquired the Hartz Mountain Corporation in June, 2004. The acquisition allowed Hartz the opportunity to undertake a number of new business initiatives, such as the development of new markets and distribution channels in Asia and Europe.Today The Hartz Mountain Corporation operates as a company with a strong focus on customer service and innovation with more than 1,500 quality pet products for dogs, cats, parakeets, canaries, parrots, cockatiels, finches, goldfish, tropical fish, reptiles, ferrets, chinchillas, guinea pigs, hamsters and rabbits. Hartz is committed to animal health and is actively involved in the community, supporting shelters and other humane animal organizations working closely with leading and educational research organizations such as the university of Idaho, Ohio State university, Ruskin Laboratories, Shedd Aquarium to name a few.
 Together with these prestigious organizations Hartz is dedicated to making quality nutritional and other products for pets and other animals alike.