Frontier Distributing was founded in 1986 by Mark Smith and Geoff Savage as Purina Service Center to distribute the new Pet Specialty only Pro Plan brand of dog and cat food. Although we are a young company, our roots in the pet and animal feed industry date back to 1936.
At Frontier Distributing, we commit to providing the highest level of service at the most affordable cost possible. This commitment is rooted in the value we have for the trust both our suppliers and customers place in us, and we will continue to strive to exceed expectations in the strategic placement of products throughout our distribution network. As has been our model from the beginning, we will not jeopardize this level of service by cutting corners throughout our supply chain that may directly, or indirectly, affect our customer and vendor partners. Like our service commitment, we are also determined to provide the highest quality of products. From the time we receive products until they arrive at the retail location, we monitor them to ensure they meet quality standards. Our commitment is to continuously improve our processes and practices so that we protect the supply of high quality products to our customers.
Both with family backgrounds rooted in the feed, fertilizer, and garden products business, they combined their knowledge and experience to open the company. Although Geoff left in the early 2000’s to pursue other interests, they laid the groundwork for a strong company which remains in full force today. Even after the loss of their largest supplier in 2006, the team regrouped and reemerged to become known as the distributor of natural and holistic pet foods in the area that they serve.
In 2014, amid the flurry of acquisitions and takeovers within the industry, Mark published his commitment to remain independent and family owned, and honors that commitment today. In 2016, the long transition to the 4th generation in the business of serving pets and their owners began with Jacob Smith joining his sister Courtney and her husband Josh at Frontier.
Regardless of the transition, Mark does not intend on going anywhere, following in the footsteps of his Father who continues to work 6 days a week at the young age of 80. Due to the dedication of its employees, many who have been with frontier more than 10 years, Frontier Distributing continues to provide the highest level of service to its customers.
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