May Customer of the Month: Walnut Hill Feeds
The Hi-Standard Customer of the Month is Walnut Hill Feeds, owned by the Horst family. Celebrating their 25 years of services, co-founders Nelson and Twila Horst opened their first store in 1997.
Working at Walnut Hill along Nelson and Twila are other family members, Kevin, Weston, and Javin. This family run business has three locations in Ohio. They sell dog food and livestock feed and supplies. Walnut Hill has been a Hi-Standard dealer for close to 6 years now. What piqued their interest in the brand was the high quality of the feed and the great success of the company.
If you are in the Shelby, OH area and are interested in buying Hi-Standard Dog Food; visit Walnut Hill Feeds, INC. at 6048 State Route 598, Shelby, OH 44875. You can also contact them by calling them at 419.342.2942 or visit their website: https://walnuthillfeeds.com.
Looking for a location closer to you? Check out these locations in Maria Stein, OH and Sterling, OH!
2510 Goettemoeller Rd, Maria Stein, OH 45860
6113 Sterling Road, Sterling, OH 44276
April Customer of the Month: Luke’s Place
Our Customer of the month for April goes to Luke’s Place! The owner Luke has run this bait, garden and feed store for over 16 years. He opened the shop when he retired from his previous job. Luke’s Place is a one stop shop for anyone in Southern Illinois that enjoys fishing, gardening, or has animals they take care of. They offer a wide variety of plants, flowers, and vegetables / fruits to plant in the spring along with pumpkins and mums in the fall. You can go shop at Luke’s Place any time of year for fishing supplies, feed, and of course Hi-Standard Dog Food.
Luke got started with Hi-Standard about 14 years ago after a few of his customers requested he get it stocked. He got it in the store and even fed it to his own dog at the time. “Hi-Standard is top quality feed, if you ask me”- Luke. He has been a loyal customer and dealer of Hi-Standard Dog Food for over 14 years and we are so thankful for his support. If you would like to save a trip when shopping for your flowers this spring, stop by Luke’s Place and grab yourself some flowers and Hi-Standard Dog Food all in one trip. Visit their store any day of the week between 5:30 am and 4:00pm.
March Customer of the Month: Iron Saddle Ranch
Our Hi-Standard Customer Highlight of March is Iron Saddle Ranch, owned by Beth and Roy Landers. They have been a long time Hi-Standard customer, long before they opened their business and became a dealer with us.
They started feeding their dogs Hi-Standard before becoming a dealer back in 2018. They would buy from a local individual dealer that bred bloodhounds. Beth would buy pallets of a time for her dogs and when she saw how much her dogs loved it and how well they performed on the food, she knew that once their business was open, they too would become Hi-Standard Dealers.
Iron Saddle Ranch started as a feed and Priefert store for local farmers. The business grew into a dealership for SMC, Exiss, Sooner, Elite, Kodiak Trailers, and Hillsboro Trailers. Iron Saddle wanted to start hosting rodeos and began their first project building their arena. With all the growth, they were able to expand their business even more into a clothing store with brands such as Wrangler, Twisted X, Cinch, Myra Bags, and Crazy Train. They also recently opened a bar and grill for anyone looking to have some fun over the weekend. Their business truly is the “one stop shop” for—not just farmers and ranchers—but for everyone.
Next time you are in the Salem, IL area, you must stop by and grab a bite to eat and shop their clothing selection; and of course pick up some Hi-Standard Dog Food for your canine companion at home!
January Customer of the Month: Zanella Milling
Matt and Mark Zanella bought Zanella Milling seven years ago from their parents after they had run it for over 30 years. Their parents had gone to the bank to secure a loan to turn a car wash into a beer distributor. However, with their connections with all the local farmers; they decided to buy the West Sunbury mill and turn it into a one-stop-shop for farming, hardware, and home supplies. The mill at Zanella Milling is over 120 years old and they are one of the last companies in the whole country to mill buckwheat flour. Along with their historic mill, they have a retail location. Their retail location is stocked with just about anything you would need. From hardware and farm supplies to honey and spices. It truly is a one-stop-shop for all.
In the beginning, their top-selling brand was Buckeye. They sold every product line that Buckeye offered – including their dog food. When Buckeye got out of the pet feed business, the hunt was on to find a new dog food to take their place. Matt and Mark asked their customers and peers what brands they liked best for their dogs and pets and many of the breeders and hunters told them that they had been feeding Hi-Standard and that they loved it. Matt and Mark decided to try it out and when they saw how much their dogs loved it and how well they did on it, they decided to start ordering it in bulk.
When asked what makes Hi-Standard stand out from all the other brands, Matt explained that the biggest factor was the consistency with the quality:
“No matter what is going on with the economy, the bag size and quality of the food are always the same. Some of these other brands have started making smaller bags and the quality of the food has really plummeted in the past few years. You don’t see that with Hi-Standard”.
Another thing that Matt pointed out that makes Hi-Standard stand out from all the other brands he works with is the colors of the bag make it easier for the customer to remember what type of food is the one they feed. “It really simplifies the process for the customer. They may not remember the name, but they’ll always remember the purple bag that their dog loves” Matt said.
“Zanella has been a loyal distributor with us for almost 20 years now. It started with Matt and Mark’s father and now the two sons distribute Hi-Standard throughout the north west Pennsylvania region. We are so thankful for the many years of loyalty and support from them and we look forward to many more years to working together and growing together.” – Wade Graskewicz, owner