In 1996, Montana-native Spencer Williams, purchased a small pet toy company in Livingston, Montana. Growing up on a ranch a few hours away, animals had a special place in his heartespecially stray dogs and cats. So, with five full-time employees, and an impressive team of home-sewers, they set out to make the world's safest and highest quality dog and cat toys.
Four years later, the company outgrew its facility so all 15 employees packed up and headed west (about 26 miles) to Bozeman (population: 28,000). Instead of outsourcing manufacturing to Asia, which was the current trend in the 90’s, Spencer decided to invest in local talent and built a state-of-the-art, eco-friendly manufacturing facility where they still operate from today.
In 2016, Forbes magazine named West Paw "One of the Best Small Companies" in America. West Paw Design was Montana's first Benefit Corporation and the first pet product company to become a Certified B Corp.