The History of Zinpro Corporation

2016

  • Zinpro Corporation Reaches a Major Research Milestone – its 200th Peer-Reviewed Publication across Multiple Species.
  • The National Animal Supplement Council Selects ZINPRO® Zinc Methionine as Preferred Supplier Product for Equine and Companion Animal Markets. Read more…
  • Zinpro Corporation Launches Lifetime Performance® Marketing Campaign at EuroTier 2016. Read more…
  • Zinpro Corporation Launches the TruCare® Brand in the United States, with Three Initial Top-dress Trace Mineral Supplement Products.
  • Zinpro Corporation Launches Availa-Cr in China.
  • Zinpro Corporation Hosts 4th Feet First® Swine Symposium, September 7-9, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Read more…
  • Feet First® Program Marks 8th Year of Research and Educational Efforts to Improve Swine Wellness. Read more…
  • Zinpro Corporation Sponsors International Trace Mineral Nutrition Symposium on Sustainable Trace Mineral Nutrition, June 28-30, Ningbo, China. Read more…
  • Zinpro Corporation Launches Spanish-language Website. Read more…
  • Zinpro Corporation Hosts 4th International Poultry Symposium (Feet-To-Meat®), May 24-26, Amsterdam, Netherlands. Read more…
  • Zinpro Corporation Celebrates 45 Years of Contribution to Animal Wellness. Read more…
  • Zinpro Corporation Earns New Feed Safety and Quality Certificates for its Operations at Shell Rock, Iowa. Read more…

2015

  • Zinpro Corporation Hosts a U.S. Equine Seminar, Dec. 24, Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • Zinpro Corporation Launches its Equine Nutrition App, Helping to Educate Horse Owners to Better Evaluate Equine Nutrition Programs. Read more…
  • The American Feed Industry Association Recognizes Two Zinpro Corporation Facilities for Charter Membership in the Safe Feed/Safe Food Certification Program. Read more…
  • Zinpro Corporation Publishes a New Book that Helps Assess and Prevent Lameness in Dairy and Beef Cattle. Read more…
  • Zinpro Corporation Introduces Availa®Plus in Europe, an Innovative, Research-Proven, Nutritional Solution to Manage Digital Dermatitis in Dairy and Beef Cattle. Read more…
  • Zinpro Hosts its 3rd International Poultry Symposium (Feet-To-Meat) May 7-8, Paris, France.
  • The DD Check App, a New Tool Available From Zinpro Corporation, Helps Identify, Record and Predict Digital Dermatitis. Read more…
  • Zinpro Corporation Reaches a Significant Milestone, Recording its 50th Peer-Reviewed Dairy Research Publication. Read more…
  • Zinpro Corporation Releases its First Step® App, a New Tool for the Dairy Industry to Help Track Locomotion Scores and Estimate the Cost of Lameness. Read more…
  • Zinpro Corporation Launches the Step-Up® App, a New Locomotion Scoring and Beef Lameness Management Tool. Read more…

2014

  • Availa®Plus Honored in 2014 Dairy Herd Management Innovation Awards Competition. Read more...
  • Asia-Pacific Partners Meeting Held in Krabi Thailand, Dec. 2-5.
  • Zinpro Corporation Sponsors IFEEDER at Gold Level with $50,000 Donation. Read more...
  • Zinpro Corporation Sponsors First-Ever Cowboy College. Read more...
  • Dr. Kathleen P. Anderson Honored as Equine Science Award Winner; this marks the sixth year that Zinpro has sponsored the award. Read more...
  • Zinpro Corporation Launches New Website in China. Read more...
  • Zinpro Corporation Sponsors Large Herd Seminar in the United Kingdom at Platinum Level; this marks the ninth year that Zinpro has sponsored the seminar. Read more...
  • Zinpro Corporation Begins Manufacturing New Products For China. Read more...
  • Zinpro Corporation Hosts Digital Dermatitis Summit in Amsterdam.
  • Broiler Breeder Seminar Organized by Zinpro Corporation in Madrid. Read more...
  • Zinpro Corporation Realigns and Promotes Within U.S. Sales Team. Read more...
  • Debut Episode of Experts Talk Video Series Features Ground-Breaking Research on Digital Dermatitis. Read more...
  • North Asia Sales Division Established. Read more...
  • Zinpro.com Honored As “Best Science Website” in 2013 WebAward Competition. Read more...

2013

  • Availa®Plus Is Introduced Into the U.S. Market For Dairy Cattle and Beef Cattle. When fed as part of a specific DD Formula, research has shown that feeding Availa-Plus as part of a well-fortified diet offers a novel nutritional solution to help provide protection against digital dermatitis (commonly known as hairy heel warts). Read more...
  • Zinpro Corporation Introduces Step-Up™ Management Program. The Step-Up Management Program provides a systematic approach to identify and manage beef cattle lameness. Read more…
  • Dr. Betsy Greene Is Named 2013 Equine Science Award Winner. Read more…
  • For the second year, Zinpro Corporation serves as Gold Sponsor of the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine’s Leman China Swine Conference. Read more...
  • Zinpro Corporation Reorganizes its Customer Service Group to Form a New, Global Supply Chain and Customer Service Team. Read more...
  • Zinpro Corporation Sponsors a New, Young Scholar Recognition Program. Read more…
  • Zinpro Corporation Announces Silver Sponsorship of 19th European Symposium on Poultry Nutrition. Read more…
  • New Regional Sales Office Is Established in Monterrey, Mexico. In addition, the company announces new distributor partnerships to serve the overall region. Read more…
  • Global Sales and Marketing Team Roles and Responsibilities Are Realigned. Read more…
  • Zinpro Corporation Serves as Platinum Sponsor of the International Conference on Lameness in Ruminants, hosted by the University of Bristol (School of Veterinary Sciences) in England. This year marks the 17th International Symposium and the 9th International Conference. Read more…
  • Plans Are Announced for a New Manufacturing Facility in Shell Rock, Iowa. Located approximately 130 miles northeast of Des Moines, the new facility will be situated in a 17-acre rural industrial park and include a combination of manufacturing, warehouse and office space. Read more…

2012

  • Company hosts International Poultry Seminar in Paris, France.
  • Zinpro and the Feet First® team host the Feet First Sow Lameness Symposium III in Minneapolis, Minn.
  • Platinum sponsor of Plains Nutrition Council – Spring Conference in San Antonio, Texas, and sponsor of the pre-conference symposium.
  • Company serves as gold sponsor of the first Leman China Swine Conference. 
  • Feet First Seminar held in Xi’an, China, to examine causes and possible solutions for sow lameness.
  • Three new concentrated products introduced to the animal feed industry: ZINPRO® 120, Availa®Zn 120, 4-Plex®C.  4-Plex-C provides 50 percent more space in feed pre-mixes and micro-ingredient machines compared to regular 4-Plex. Availa-Zn 120 and ZINPRO 120 are 20 percent more concentrated than Availa-Zn 100 or ZINPRO 100, providing more space in formulations, while decreasing warehouse space needs and freight costs. 
  • Research and Nutritional Services team reorganized and expanded to provide additional regional research and technical support in key markets and better meet the diverse needs of the company’s expanding customer base worldwide. 
  • Sales and marketing and research and nutritional services structures realigned to form a new Global Sales and Marketing team and a Global Research and Nutritional Services team to help better meet customer needs in today’s global animal feed industry.       

2011

  • New regional sales office established in Amman, Jordan. Office serves as hub for Zinpro business activities in the Middle East / North Africa (MENA) region.
  • New Zinpro/Schugel veterinary scholarship established with the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. The award is given annually to a third-year veterinary student studying food animal medicine. The scholarship honors Dr. LaVerne Schugel, a long-time Zinpro Corporation employee, for his dedication to food animal science and the veterinary profession. 

2010

  • Company reaches milestone of 150th peer-reviewed research article being published. 
  • Zinpro introduces Building The Equine Hoof poster. This educational poster outlines key roles that various nutrients play in building the equine hoof.
  • Zinpro introduces Sow Lameness, Claw Lesions and Pathogenesis Theories. This educational book was co-developed with the late Dr. Pete Ossent from the University of Switzerland – Zurich.
  • Zinpro and the Feet First team host the Sow Lameness Symposium II in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. This three-day event featured discussion on leading swine industry topics covering lameness prevalence, risk factors, anatomy and pathology, sow fertility and longevity, economics and possible solutions. More than 125 swine industry experts were in attendance at this global event.

2009

  • Zinpro Corporation launched the First Step® Lameness Assessment and Prevention program. Developed by Zinpro Corporation and the University of Wisconsin’s noted lameness expert Dr. Nigel Cook, First Step provides the industry’s most comprehensive assessment of overall lameness risk factors on a dairy.
  • The First Step Lameness Library was introduced. It serves as the authoritative resource for lameness diagnosis and treatment in dairy cattle.

2008

  • Zinpro Corporation completes an expansion to its manufacturing facility located in Garner, Iowa, USA. The expansion was added adjacent to the original Garner manufacturing facility which opened in 1993. The expanded facility doubles the company’s overall production capabilities and provides additional warehouse space.
  • Poultry Footpad Dermatitis Lesion Scoring System introduced. Zinpro teamed up with experts from Auburn University to develop this innovative system to improve poultry welfare.
  • Zinpro and the Feet First team host the World’s First Sow Lameness Symposium in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. Additional regional symposiums are held in Brazil, Europe and Thailand.
  • Feet First Lesion Identification Guide, Locomotion Scoring System and Claw Trimming Guide are introduced to the swine industry. These easy-to-use reference materials are designed to help commercial swine producer’s decrease the impact that lameness has on the performance and profitability of their operation.
  • Zinpro Corporation and the International Lameness Committee co-developed the Dairy Claw Lesion Identification poster. Twenty-five years after the original Hoof Atlas was developed by Dr. Paul Greenough, this poster represents the first global consensus on claw lesion identification, naming convention and record keeping practices.

2007

  • The Feet First team, spear-headed by Zinpro, was formed to investigate the prevalence of lameness in swine. The mission of this international collaboration of researchers, veterinarians and nutritionists is to further advance the swine industry through the identification and prevention of lameness.
  • Zinpro introduces the Best of Show: Equine Mineral Nutrition CD. This interactive CD-ROM provides users with the tools necessary to better understand and evaluate a mineral nutrition program for horses.

2006

  • Dairy Locomotion Scoring PDA software program introduced.
  • Zinpro Introduces Beef Cattle Lameness poster, co-developed with Dr. Dee Griffin from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Dr. Tom Edwards.

2005

  • Dairy Locomotion Scoring video (confinement version) was introduced.

2003

  • Zinpro Corporation again upgraded its ISO certification during 2003, when it received ISO 9001:2000 certification. The certification covers all aspects of quality, from product design to customer service, and includes manufacturing plants, research and development activities and administrative functions. Zinpro originally earned ISO 9002 certification in 1998, and upgraded its ISO certification from version 9002 to version 9001:1994 two years later.

2002

  • Zinpro introduces Building the Equine Hoof, an educational book co-developed with Dr. David Hood from Texas A&M University. This guide addresses building the foundation of a normal functional foot. Information in this guide includes: hoof care, anatomy, growth, nutrition and hoof disorder and diseases.
  • Dairy Locomotion Scoring video for grazing dairies was introduced in international markets.

2001

  • The Dairy Cattle Locomotion Scoring System is introduced (brochure and economic calculator). Zinpro led development of this effort with university and industry experts to help producers, nutritionists and feed industry personnel better identify lame cows.

2000

  • Zinpro begins production at its second manufacturing plant, located near North Branch, MN. Zinpro upgraded a 10-year old facility which the company purchased late in 1999.
  • Zinpro relocates its headquarters offices to 10400 Viking Drive, Eden Prairie, MN. The move was necessary because of the need for more office space as the company continues to grow.

1999

  • Zinpro upgraded its ISO certification from ISO 9002 (see 1998 below) to ISO 9001. The ISO 9001 quality system standard adds requirements for all aspects of product design and development controls to 19 other elements, ranging from management responsibilities through purchasing, manufacturing and quality control to packaging and delivery to customers.
  • Research shows that the combination of trace minerals found in 4-Plex® is more effective than zinc from ZINPRO zinc methionine in reducing claw lesions.

1998

  • Zinpro earned ISO 9002 certification, culminating more than a year of preparation efforts by manufacturing personnel, customer service representatives and managers. ISO (International Organization for Standardization) is a worldwide federation of national standards bodies, one from each of some 120 countries. ISO standards focus on quality management systems, setting out requirements for all aspects of product manufacturing and customer service. Zinpro's efforts involved development of written policies, procedures and work instructions covering 17 different elements, as well as training and internal quality audits. Those 17 elements range from management responsibilities through purchasing, manufacturing and quality control to packaging and delivery. Periodic audits by third-party registrars are required to ensure continued compliance with the standards.

1997

  • Zinpro started conducting claw clinics to help producers, nutritionists and feed industry personnel better understand causes, implications and corrective actions for lameness.

1996

  • In its 25th year, Zinpro Corporation introduced Availa®Mins amino acid complexes, an entire new line of products. The first product of its type ever produced, AvailaMins uses Zinpro's patented Amino Acid Extraction Process. This process breaks down an extremely pure source of protein to yield an intermediate product containing free amino acids. These amino acids then are bonded with specific trace minerals, using Zinpro's patented complexing technology.
  • As with Zinpro Corporation's original line of trace mineral complexes, AvailaMins are always the same: A 1:1 ratio of one amino acid molecule bound to one metal ion. A quarter-century of extensive university and commercial research continues to demonstrate the superior, predictable results that Zinpro's customers have come to expect.
  • Zinpro introduces Illustrated Handbook on Cattle Lameness, a book co-developed with Dr. Paul Greenough from the University of Saskatchewan, Canada. The book outlines basic anatomy and different claw lesions including risk factors, treatment and control information and recommendations. This book provides exposure for Zinpro around the globe in the area of cattle lameness.

1994

  • Zinpro Animal Nutrition, Inc. (ZAN), was originally formed by Zinpro Corporation as a sister company, and a regional sales office was established in Boxmeer, The Netherlands. Zinpro’s international sales group is responsible for all sales activities for Zinpro outside of North America. Today, ZAN is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Zinpro Corporation.
  • Zinpro attends the International Conference on Lameness in Cattle for the first time. Today, Zinpro is the major sponsor of the International Conference on Lameness in Ruminants and has been present at every conference since 1994.

1993

  • The company completed construction of its first manufacturing plant near Garner, IA. The 16,000 square foot facility began operation early that year. Just four years later, in 1997, Zinpro more than doubled the plant's size and tripled its production capacity.

1992

  • 4-Plex, a combination of four of the company's individually manufactured complexes, was introduced. 4-Plex is a convenient way to provide animals with ZINPRO®, MANPRO®, CuPLEX® and COPRO® in one package. Benefits of these trace minerals in animal diets include improved reproduction performance, disease resistance, somatic cell count, milk production, feed conversion, bone growth and fiber digestion.
  • On May 29, Michael D. Anderson assumed the role of president and chief executive officer and chairman of the board of directors, Zinpro Corporation.

1991 

  • Zinpro's first copper product, CuPLEX copper lysine, was introduced. It rounded out the company's original line of trace mineral products. Also available in two concentrations, CuPLEX 50 and CuPLEX 100, CuPLEX was the first Zinpro complex to use lysine rather than methionine as its amino acid source.

1988

  • COPRO 25 cobalt glucoheptonate joined the company’s growing original product line.

1987

  • Zinpro's first manganese product, MANPRO manganese methionine, was introduced in two concentrations: MANPRO 80 and MANPRO 160.

1983

  • ZINPRO 180 replaced ZINPRO 200. 

1982

  • ZINPRO 100 was introduced, completing the zinc methionine line of products. 

1976

  • ZINPRO 200 zinc methionine and METH-IRON 65 ferric methionine joined ZINPRO 40 in Zinpro's original line of trace mineral complexes. Both were water-soluble products. 

1971

  • Mr. Anderson once again started Zinpro Corporation, now headquartered in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA. The business was officially incorporated on May 18.
  • The company’s first product was ZINPRO 40 (ZINPRO zinc methionine). Research trials showed that this product was effective in improving the health of livestock. Although Zinpro Corporation remained tiny for the first several years, as ZINPRO zinc methionine gained popularity, the company began to grow rapidly. A significant breakthrough occurred around 1980 with the discovery that ZINPRO zinc methionine improved hoof conditions in cattle. 

1965

  • Mr. Dean R. Anderson originally founded Zinpro Corporation in 1965 in the state of Iowa (USA). His experiences in selling zinc bacitracin prompted his interest in zinc in animal nutrition. He believed that some zinc compounds present as a result of fermentation were responsible for improved responses in animals. Unable to succeed commercially at that time, Mr. Anderson continued to work in his spare time to develop a successful zinc product.