“I Will Never Quit” History
RJ MATTHEWS COMPANYYour #1 Source for Horse, Pet and Livestock Health Products & More!
CELEBRATING 80 YEARS!We are proud to be one of the oldest family owned and operated Animal Health Products Distributors in the U.S.A!
As a Wholesale Distributor of thousands of products for animals large, medium and small, you can count on us as your #1 Stop for Animal Health Products & More.
Founders Robert J. Matthews and Kathryn M. Cox were married on November 21, 1940. The company really all began with Bob and Kathryn’s love for one another, as well as for all animals, and faith in an exciting new product, Rex Wheat Germ Oil. They had no money, but they had an idea, integrity, determination and a 1939 Underwood Typewriter.
Over the years, Robert and Kathryn’s little family grew along with their company. In addition to the nine children, animals were always part of the family mix. From horses, ponies, donkeys, chickens, cats and dogs to weeding geese, rats, mice, snakes, birds, an owl and raccoons too...all were welcome in the Matthews family. The more the merrier!
(left to right): Robert, George, Dan (top center) and Steve,
Row 2: Chuck (on lap), John, Elizabeth, Kathryn, and Elaine (front center).
As they each grew older, all of the kids got involved in the family business in one way or another and as of today, four of the Matthews siblings (now adults) still work in the company in various capacities.
• Helps females settle
• Helps improve activity in males
• Contains a vigor factor
What made this product extra special? Rex Wheat Germ Oil was and still is 100% pure, unrefined wheat germ oil extracted through a unique process that preserves more of the essential vitamins and nutrients of the wheat germ as they are found in nature. It is an all-natural, nutritional supplement that contains Natural Vitamin E and Octacosanol, as well as Omega-3 and -6 Essential Fatty Acids. Today, Omega's are in the news everywhere, because the benefits of this product have withstood the test of time and are still selling today!
Bob said, “If this stuff does what it says, I know I can sell a lot of it because there is such a big market for it.”
Bob just wanted to sell as much Wheat Germ Oil as he possibly could using his “spoke and wheel” selling technique. He would load up their black 1933 Chevy Coupe with cases of Wheat Germ Oil and drive north, south, east or west, and call on feed mills and drug stores in a teardrop shaped area so he could be home by nightfall. He was also working full-time in the Maintenance Dept. at Diebold Safe & Lock at the time to pay the bills and put food on the table. For 100,000 miles, this little black car was the sales office, warehouse and delivery system!
Bob said, “No flat tire was going to discourage me; I loved what I was doing and was determined to be successful.”
Bob said, “Kathryn never used an eraser and insisted on perfection. Her letters made us look like we were a bigger company than we really were.”
The Robert J. Matthews Company was on a mission to become a full service Animal Health Products Distributor that would be retail dealers’ preferred supplier by offering the extraordinary customer care, products, pricing and service they deserved.
Kathryn lovingly said, “Bob loves horses more than anything, including me!”
Kathryn passed away September 8, 2011.
Robert passed away January 24, 2013.
Bob and Kathryn said, “Always follow your heart and never give up on your dreams. Never give up, never quit!”