In December of 2000, Hartz Mountain Corporation was sold to a fund managed by J.W. Childs Associates, LP, a leading private equity investment firm based in Boston, Massachusetts, specializing in leveraged buyouts and recapitalizations of middle-market growth companies in partnership with company management.
For the 75 years prior to the buy out by, J.W. Childs Associates, LP, Hartz had been owned and operated by the Stern family. No doubt the Stern family is responsible for the long term ‘good name’ and reputation the Hatrz label implies.
J.W. Childs presently manages over $1.5 billion of equity capital, and has extensive experience investing in the consumer products and specialty retail industries, through current or former ownership of
American Safety Razor
Bass Pro Shops
Dobson Communications Corporation
Edison Schools, Inc.
Equinox Fitness Clubs
Hartz Mountain Corporation
Insight Health Services
Jillian’s Entertainment Corporation
National Nephrology Associates
Pan Am International Flight Academy, Inc.
Universal Hospital Services, Inc.
After researching, J.W. Childs Associates, LP,it is apparent that the main concern of the entity is solely to make a profit at any cost.
This undoubtedly explains why and how the ‘Class Action’ legal action filed against Hartz was settled out of court. It also a counts for why the thousands of consumers who have made complaints about Hartz Flea and Tick Drops, have been treated unfairly by the company and made light out to the EPA.
If you read the various EPA documents pertaining to this issue that are available online, you will see that Hartz, (J.W. Childs Associates, LP.) told the EPA the reasons for the numerous complaints made by consumers, were not do to the use of the product, but rather the inability of American consumers to, 1.(Choose the cat version of the product rather than the dog version), 2.(The inability of the American consumer to read and correctly follow label directions for use)and
3.(A possible mixed up of the two versions in a certain batch)
The EPA responded to that information in 2001, by having Hartz, (J.W. Childs Associates, LP.) recall the Flea and Tick Drops product to ‘re-label’ it.
Despite a re-labeling of the product, a legal action and thousands of complaints being made consumers across the nation, this product is still being sold. It’s is being sold to unsuspecting, pet owning American consumers, who want nothing more than to help the pets they care so much for and to rid them of fleas.
What many of these American consumers are finding out after the fact,
is that instead of helping the pets they care for, they are causing them serious injury and in far to many cases death. This, of course included to the costs incurred from extensive Vet, animal hospital, ER care and services needed to save their pets from death.
The degree to which American pet owners care and love their pets is shown every year in the money spent to provide for their pets.
Although, I don’t have the figures at hand, to be sure the ‘Pet Industry,’ is making record profits.
Hartz, owned by, J.W. Childs Associates, LP. obviously is only interested in ‘profits’ and not the well being and safety of the many pets it’s product continues to harm and kill.
J.W. Childs Associates, LP. Refuses to admit any wrong doing or that they have purposely mislead the EPA. It is all to apparent they have no intentions to anything but continue to sell the product and make a profit.
When contacted by a company representative, four months after my original complaint and asking when the product would be recalled, was told, and I quote, “You must be stupid if you think they are going to stop making a product that they make so much money of,” unquote.
I believe that the only way the American public can now deal with thiis issue
is by boycotting all the companies and products managed by J.W. Childs Associates, LP.