SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, DC 20549
Current Report Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of
the Securities Act of 1934
Date of Report: January 30, 2009
(Date of earliest event reported)
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
(State or other jurisdiction
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1300 East Street, Fairport Harbor, OH 44077
(Address of principal executive offices including zip code)
(Registrants telephone number, including area code)
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|Item 5.02.||Departure of Directors or Principal Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.|
John G. Murchie, Vice President, Treasurer and Controller for OurPets Company (OurPets or the Company) has elected to retire from the Company. Mr. Murchie has agreed to remain with the Company through April 15, 2009 to assist with the transition of responsibilities to the Companys new chief financial officer.
Scott Mendes, age 56, will join OurPets as its Controller and Chief Financial Officer effective February 2, 2009. Mr. Mendes was employed for the past 14 years with Northern Ohio-based Safeguard Properties, Inc., the nations largest privately-held provider of property inspections and preservation services for the mortgage servicing industry, serving as its controller for the majority of his tenure with the company.
|Item 9.01.||Financial Statements and Exhibits.|
|99.1||OurPets Company Press Release dated February 2, 2009.|
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
|Date: February 4, 2009||OurPets Company|
/s/ Steven Tsengas
|Steven Tsengas, President and|
|Chief Executive Officer|
|OurPets Company Press Release dated February 2, 2009.|
1300 East Street
Fairport Harbor, OH 44077-5573, USA
(800) 565-2695 * Phone (440) 354-6500
Fax (440) 354-9129 * www.ourpets.com
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OurPets Announces Scott Mendes Appointed Chief Financial Officer
FAIRPORT HARBOR, OhioFebruary 2, 2009OurPets Company (OTC BB:OPCO), a growing designer, developer, producer, and marketer of accessory and consumable pet products ( www.ourpets.com ), today announced that Scott Mendes has been named Chief Financial Officer, effective February 2, 2009. Mr. Mendes will report to Steven Tsengas, PhD, President and Chief Executive Officer.
Mr. Mendes will be filling a newly created position and will be replacing duties performed by the Companys controller John Murchie who is retiring. Mr. Mendes has a BA and an MBA from Vanderbilt University. Mr. Mendes comes to OurPets from Safeguard Properties Inc. of Brooklyn Heights, Ohio, where he was most recently the companys controller. During Mr. Mendes 12 years at Safeguard, his accounting controls and systems helped grow the company from 35 employees with revenues of $7 million to 500 employees with revenues of $300 million.
Dr. Steven Tsengas, PhD, President and Chief Executive Officer stated, For over eight years, John Murchie has helped guide OurPets from a small start-up company with 75 product to a leading designer, developer, producer and marketer of over 400 pet products. I have enjoyed working with John and appreciate the hard work and dedication that he has given. I wish John the best with his retirement. I am pleased to welcome Scott to OurPets. As a native of Northeast Ohio, Scott is a highly ambitious, experienced, and motivated manager with a background in both operations and finance. Scotts experience will be very helpful as we profitably growing our business.
About OurPets Company:
OurPets designs, produces and markets a broad line of innovative, high-quality accessory and consumable pet products in the U.S. and overseas. The SmartScoop® product line offers the most complete solution to cat waste and odor control and includes the SmartScoop© Self-Scooping Litter Box (patent pending), activated carbon filters, no-touch waste bags, litter box ramps (patent pending), no-stick litter box sprays (patent pending), odor control litter box sprays and Scoop-N-Sift (patented) Investors and customers may visit www.ourpets.com for more information about the Company and its products.
Certain of the matters set forth in this press release are forward-looking and involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Among the factors that could cause actual results to differ materially are the following: business conditions and growth in the industry; general economic conditions; addition or loss of significant customers; the loss of key personnel; product development; competition; risks of doing business abroad; foreign government regulations; fluctuations in foreign rates; rising costs for raw materials and the unavailability of sources of supply; the timing of orders booked; our ability to successfully defend the alleged patent infringement actions against us and the other risks that are described from time to time in OurPets SEC reports.
|OurPets, Company||-or-||SM Berger & Company, Inc.|
|Dr. Steven Tsengas||Andrew Berger|
|(440) 354-6500 (Ext. 111)||(216) 464-6400|