Catalyst Feed Mill Certified as Organic

2/27/2017

The Catalyst Midwest premix manufacturing facility has been certified as organic, becoming one of only a few in the Midwest offering premix services and private label organic services.

The first organic product is Organic 18 Percent Layer Feed, a poultry feed for laying hens, according Jos Zamzow, chief operating officer of Dynamite Marketing, which owns the facility.

Catalyst already has received the Safe Feed/Safe Food Certification administered by the American Feed Industry Association. Only about 450, or 7.5 percent, of the nation’s almost 6,000 feed mills, have earned the certification. Catalyst received a score of 99 out of a possible 100.

The organic certification is from the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship.

Catalyst provides custom formulation and manufacturing services for worldwide customers in the livestock, poultry, pet, wildlife and aquaculture industries. Its full line of more than 100 items includes feed and related products for animals of all sizes, including OCM™ Global Swine Finisher Pak and Poultry PAK.

“We are expecting the same success in Iowa as we had when our Idaho mill started offering organic products,” Zamzow said. “We started getting new customers for our organic chicken feed almost before the ink was dry on our certificate.

“The market reality is that there are very few companies that offer organic premixes and feed additives in Iowa and the demand is very high. Many of the companies we have approached had given up on the idea of organic versions of their existing products because there just wasn’t anyone to make it for them. They are excited now!” Dana Partridge, the head of Midwest operations, added.

“Consumers are asking for organic versions of the products they already love. The impression is that organic implies quality. When you understand the record-keeping and attention to detail required to make organic products, you understand just how right they are,” Zamzow said

“Becoming certified as organic was big project,” he continued. “It requires a map of our processes. We have to show where every ingredient originates, where it enters the mill and the path it takes through the mill, as well as locations where it might touch other ingredients.

“A lot of people think of organic certification as providing proof that food is chemical-free, but it goes much further than that. We have to keep a paper trail documenting the entire operation,” he added

Catalyst, formerly called Pharm-Tech, was established in the 1960s. Its OCM Global all-natural blend of minerals has been sold worldwide for more than 50 years in the poultry, cattle and other livestock industries.

Dynamite Marketing, based in Meridian, Idaho, purchased Catalyst in 2008. Dynamite Marketing, a fourth-generation company, produces horse feed, dog food and related products for virtually all living creatures.

Additional information about Catalyst is available at http://catalystnng.com/ or by calling (515) 254-1290. Additional information about the certification is available at SafeFeedSafeFood.org.

In the accompanying video, CEO Callie Zamzow and COO Jos Zamzow talk about their decision to obtain the company’s first organic certification.

 

Iowa Premix Manufacturer Believes College Athletes Make Top Employees

2/27/2017

In starting a program to hire college athletes, Catalyst COO Jos Zamzow is following the advice of his grandfather, “Hire for attitude. Train for skill.”

In keeping with this philosophy, the Catalyst an Iowa premix manufacturer recently hired Iowa State University star linebacker Jevohn Miller as a salesman. Zamzow is hoping to replicate the practice throughout the company.

“I’ve heard coaches talk on television about graduating athletes who would be successful no matter what they do. After a brainstorming session about the qualities we want in our employees, it clicked that I should call and ask for the names of these athletes,” Zamzow said.

“We were at our Boise office discussing that we wanted self-starters with determination, a high level of competitive spirit and the ability to work with a team. Someone said jokingly, ‘That sounds like most of the Boise State University football team.’

“The idea snowballed, and we realized we should take it seriously,” he continued. “The top athletes aren’t your typical college kids. If they are playing on a major college team, they are young people who have been working for years to even get to that level. Then they have spent another four years developing self-discipline and teamwork in the most literal sense. The program is in its beginning stages, and we feel it is a solid blueprint for our hiring strategy moving forward.

“Jevohn is the first person we hired under the program. We are hoping to work with Idaho colleges to find employees for our other operations as well,” Zamzow added.

Dana Partridge, head of Catalyst’s Midwest operations commented, “To achieve at a high level in college athletics takes years of self discipline and focus. We want to tap into that pool of young people who have proven they are willing to do the work necessary to be successful.”

Miller, who grew up in the small Iowa town of Brooklyn with a population of 1,400, showed unusual determination to become a star linebacker on a Big 12 football team. “Jevohn is a poster child for what we are looking for. He’s always been hungry and has shown that focus and desire to succeed long before anyone was interviewing him for a job,” Partridge added.

Catalyst, Inc., recently achieved its organic certification and also has received the Safe Feed/Safe Food Certification administered by the American Feed Industry Association. Only about 450, or 7.5 percent, of the nation’s almost 6,000 feed mills, have earned the certification. Catalyst’s OCM Global all-natural blend of minerals has been sold worldwide for more than 50 years in the poultry, cattle and other livestock industries.

Catalyst is owned by Dynamite Marketing, based in Meridian, Idaho, Dynamite Marketing, a fourth-generation family-owned company, produces horse feed, dog food and related products for virtually all living creatures.

Additional information about Catalyst is available at http://www.catalystnng.com or by calling (515) 254-1290. Additional information about Dynamite is available at http://www.dynamitespecialty.com or by calling (800) 697-7434.