MONTREAL–Rolf C. Hagen, founder and chairman of Rolf C. Hagen Inc., a pet care product manufacturer and distributor, died on Oct. 22. Hagen was born in 1932 in northern Germany.
In 1955, he moved to Canada where began Rolf C. Hagen Inc. He started by acquiring bird seeds from the Canadian prairies and exporting them back to Germany. Over time, the small export business branched out into the pet supplies business.
During his time in the industry, Hagen was honored with many pet product awards. In 1999, he was inducted into the American Pet Products Association Hall of Fame. The Pet Industry Distributors Association gave him the Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition for innovative design of pet products and for his generous support of organizations and individuals dedicated to improving the lives of pets and people in 2004.
He was actively involved as chairman of Rolf C. Hagen Inc., right up until the day preceding his death.
An online guestbook can be viewed here.