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WTAMU Lecture to Focus on International Operations of Amarillo Business

April 24, 2013

COPY BY: Rana McDonald, 806-651-2129, rmcdonald@wtamu.edu

WTAMU Lecture to Focus on International Operations of Amarillo Business

CANYON, Texas—Ken Ridenour, president of Global Animal Products, Inc., will present an international business lecture on “International Operations of Global Animal Products, Inc” from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Monday, April 29 at West Texas A&M University’s Classroom Center, Room 206. This special lecture seminar is organized by Dr. Syed Tariq Anwar, professor of marketing and international business at WTAMU.

Global Animal Products, Inc., (GAP), a sub S corporation headquartered in Amarillo, is engaged in the research, development, manufacture and marketing of organic trace mineral compounds vital to health, growth and protein synthesis in food-producing animals. GAP currently manufactures and markets ZinMet® liquid zinc methionine and LiquiTrace® liquid mineral supplement products primarily to the feedlot cattle and dairy industries in the United States and South Africa. It also markets to the swine and sheep industries. Other export markets in South America, initially Brazil, and Mexico are now being developed.

Ridenour formed the company in 1995 to take advantage of market opportunities for zinc methionine in the feedlot cattle industry. His leadership in the development of new technology and methods of producing and dispensing zinc methionine and other organic trace mineral complexes has lead to the issuance of four U.S. patents and six foreign patents. This new technology plus innovative production and dispensing methods enable GAP to supply zinc methionine more economically by eliminating certain middlemen costs.

GAP emerged from a start-up company in October 1995 to an industry leader in the manufacture and marketing of liquid zinc methionine and other liquid organic trace mineral products. In addition to U.S. operations, Ridenour also is a 50 percent owner in Austasia Animal Products (AAP) in Forbes, NSW, Australia. AAP is involved in the same business as GAP is in the U S., primarily selling to the cattle feedlot industry. GAP also distributes its products in South Africa and will soon open an office in Brazil.  GAP employs 22 people in the U.S., and total worldwide employment with affiliated companies is 70-75.

For more information about Ridenour’s lecture, call Anwar, at 806-651-2491.


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