Envision sells pet product line

December 19, 2016

The following article was published by the Wichita Business Journal on December 13, 2016

By Josh Heck
Wichita Business Journal

Trevor Crotts is expanding his BuddyRest Pet Products business with the acquisition of Envision Inc.’s PetNV line.

That line features reflective collars and leashes.

Crotts, the founder of BuddyRest, wants to expand the PetNV product line by plugging into the BuddyRest network that has been built over the past five years.

However, Envision will continue to manufacture PetNV products from its manufacturing and distribution space at 2301 S. Water.

Crotts says keeping Envision as a manufacturing partner helps that organization fulfill its mission of providing employment opportunities for people who are blind or visually impaired.

That Envision already is manufacturing PetNV products also will allow BuddyRest to scale up the brand quicker, Crotts says.

“This is a win-win situation for everyone involved,” said Michael Monteferrante, president and CEO of Envision in a statement. “Trevor Crotts and his team are pet products experts, and Envision is an expert in manufacturing this unique pet product line. By working together, PetNV will only grow, creating even more jobs at Envision that benefit individuals with vision loss.”

Envision launched the PetNV line in 2014 as a way to expand the organization’s “Visi-belt” line of reflective belts for people to wear in the dark.

Both were part of a larger effort for Envision to diversify its product base and become less reliant on government contracts.

Crotts, meanwhile, was part of the first class of business leaders the e2e Accelerator Inc. selected as part of an initiative to provide education, mentoring and access to capital to help companies grow.

Crotts already is working to develop new product lines, some of which he says will be unveiled next spring during a trade expo.

“The PetNV line is something we are going to expand upon,” he says.

BuddyRest operates from 243 N. Cleveland in Wichita and has seven employees, a total that is expected to grow in the coming months.

Josh Heck covers health care, professional services, education and energy.


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