Petmate Partners With Bissell Pet Network

Platinum Equity acquired Petmate, a leading maker of pet products sold through a wide range of retail partners. 

Headquartered in Arlington, Texas, Petmate was founded in 1959 as Doskocil Manufacturing with a singular focus on providing safe pet transportation, resulting in the development of the industry's first dog kennel.

Today the company manufactures, sources and markets a diverse product line that includes plastic and wire pet kennels, dog houses, toys, food storage, bedding, treats and chews, and other pet-related products and accessories. The company's current brand portfolio includes Chuckit!, Pet Qwerks, Healthy Chews, Gamma2, JW and, La-Z-Boy.

Alice Tillett, CEO of Petmate, will continue leading the company following the change in ownership.

"We are so excited to join Platinum's portfolio of industry leading companies," said Tillett. "The pet industry in general and Petmate specifically are extremely well positioned for success. With the support of Platinum Equity and a strong core team at Petmate, we are confident and energized to enter our next phase of growth." 

In addition to opportunities for organic growth, Platinum Equity expects to use its M&A resources to help the company expand.