Another question I asked myself when taking on this blog was, “Where on earth do I begin?” My Hunny reminded me that simple is always best. Start at the beginning! So today will be a little history lesson. Pop some popcorn and come along for the ride. Um, I’d like extra butter on mine, please. The History of Jones Natural Chews:
The Jones history as meat cutters and butchers in the USA can be traced back fifteen decades to Stephen Jones, meat cutter, in 1850 in Rome, New York. It moves down each generation from Jay W. Jones, meat cutter, moving to Clinton, Wisconsin in 1870, to Jay E. Jones, meat cutter, moving to Harvard, Illinois in 1902, to Robert M. Jones, meat cutter, opening Jones Packing Company in 1952 in Harvard, Illinois. With each new generation being trained in meat cutting and passing down the family tradition, Robert L. Jones worked in his father’s meat packing plant until 1970.
In 1970 Robert L. Jones founded this company as a small meat market with a smokehouse to provide custom butchering and smoking for local farmers in Woodstock, Illinois. The best cuts of meat also produced the best bones and word traveled fast that Jones was the place to go for naturally baked dog treats.
By 1988, three of Robert’s children, Darren, Dean, and Laura had joined the company and were eager to expand the dog treats. The dog treat division was officially established in 1991. The company expanded to an additional Woodstock facility in 1994, and another additional facility in 1998 and 2003.
Okay – let me break in here to say that I met Laura in 1984. We were college roommates for two years (stop doing the math in your head! I am NOT that old!), and her mom sent her the BEST care packages! The only thing I remember being in them was her dad’s beef jerky. I kid you not – BEST beef jerky on the planet. And why? He sent her all the little fatty ends. NOM NOM NOM.
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After occupying five separate locations in Woodstock, the company expanded to our first location in November 2005 and a second location in October 2010, both located in Rockford, IL. The meat company, Jones Locker Service Inc., stayed in the family until 2010.
Six generations of expertise in the meat industry have proven to be a valuable asset to Jones Natural Chews. The Jones family takes pride in the consistency and quality of their natural, healthy dog treats and chews made from animal products supplied by USDA inspected plants within the USA.
Over the years, Jones Natural Chews has carefully developed several types and sizes of chews and treats for all size dogs and all types of chewers.
All products are developed with careful testing for moisture levels, bacteria control, and maximum shelf life. Of course, the true product testers consist of several different dogs ranging in size from three pounds to one hundred thirteen pounds. Lots of thanks and love to our current testers (smallest to largest): Onyx, Millie, Gus, Grizzly, Jake, Harley, Lady, Sampson, Nitro, and Sam.
In a nutshell, there’s the history! Stay tuned and at some later date I may drag out photos of Nerd Night our freshman year. Heh. Or not. Maybe there’ll be a photo contest involved, eh?
Until I write again …