West Paw Design A Benefit Corporation

File Photo: West Paw Design in Bozeman.

Bozeman pet toy and bed manufacturer West Paw has expanded its sales and distribution to China.

In partnership with Guangzhou Haiji Pet Trading Co. Ltd., supplier for more than 5,000 pet shops across China, West Paw shipped the company’s first order of plastic dog toys a couple of weeks ago.

West Paw, which manufacturers a variety of toys and beds at its facility off Frontage Road, sells to roughly 35 countries, but China, with its vast population and growing pet industry, represented a huge opportunity for the company, said spokeswoman Amy Schumann.

“It’s just going to explode,” Schumann said.

The expansion is good news for Bozeman, Schumann added. West Paw, which currently employs roughly 80 people, is set to expand its manufacturing facility and front offices over the next year.

Founded in 1996 by Spencer Williams, West Paw was certified as a B Corporation in 2013 and this year was named the top manufacturer in the state by the Montana Manufacturing Association. The company was also named Business of the Year by local economic development agency Prospera Business Network.

Kendall can be reached at 406-582-2651 or lkendall@dailychronicle.com. He is on Twitter at @lewdak

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