A Merger Anchored in North Carolina's Pet Industry
Indian Trail, NC, 08-01-2023 — 2 Hounds Design, headquartered in Indian Trail, NC, has joined forces with Yellow Dog Design, based in Greensboro, NC. This acquisition not only unites two innovative powerhouses but also celebrates the preservation of local manufacturing and craftsmanship in North Carolina.
2 Hounds Design, a trailblazer since its founding in 2003, has elevated the pet accessory landscape through its acclaimed Freedom No-Pull Harness, renowned collars, and leashes. Celebrating two decades of excellence, 2 Hounds Design has carved a niche by collaborating with pet stores, veterinarians, dog trainers, and adoption and rescue organizations worldwide. Notably, its products have garnered accolades from esteemed sources like Forbes and the NY Post, solidifying its status as an industry leader.
Yellow Dog Design, established in 2001 by Mike and Don Dempsey, has reshaped the pet fashion realm with its extensive portfolio of patterns and designs. With an artistic flair, Yellow Dog Design creates "production art on dog products," capturing the essence of contemporary trends while remaining true to the joy of pet ownership.
The strategic merger of these two homegrown enterprises aligns seamlessly with their shared commitment to pet well-being and individualized expression. Alisha Navarro, the visionary behind 2 Hounds Design, now the driving force of both brands, says, "This is going to be fun! Mike and Don have built an incredible business that exudes positivity. I am thrilled to embark on this journey with them and our new united team."
For now, both companies maintain their distinct identities and operational autonomy, ensuring business continuity for their valued customers and partners. Orders will continue to be processed efficiently, and the companies will provide regular updates as the integration progresses.
Aramar Capital Group initiated and acted as financial advisor for this transaction. David Levine, Managing Director at Aramar, commented, “We have known these two companies for years, during which time each has built a strong brand and an impressive product portfolio. The combination from this transaction will result in an industry leader.”
As a testament to their commitment to North Carolina, the companies plan to consolidate their operations within the state. The intention is to move equipment starting early next year, with a long-term vision of fully transitioning manufacturing while ensuring support for employees unable to relocate.
About 2 Hounds Design:
2 Hounds Design, headquartered in Indian Trail, NC, has been a pioneer in creating premium pet accessories for two decades. Their flagship product, the Freedom No-Pull Harness, reflects their commitment to innovation and pet well-being. https://www.2houndsdesign.com
About Yellow Dog Design:
Yellow Dog Design, based in Greensboro, NC, is celebrated for its diverse array of patterns and designs that add a vibrant touch to pet accessories. Their team of dedicated artists stays at the forefront of trends in the pet fashion world. www.yellowdog-design.com