Rutherford Pet Supply is proud to carry Kaytee in Spindale Rutherfordton, North Carolina. Nicholas Knauf starts his own grain and feed business in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Knauf opens a branch elevator in Brillion and sends 500 railroad carloads of wheat per year to the then thriving flour mill town of Milwaukee. Nicholas Knauf builds a grain elevator in Chilton, Wisconsin, which becomes his corporate headquarters. William N. Knauf (the 19-year-old son of Nicholas), Frank Tesch, and Milton Jones form a partnership. Under the subsequent ownership of Knauf & Tesch (K&T), the business supplies area farmers with clean, reliable seeds. They purchase the grain elevators from Nicholas Knauf in 1897. Knauf and Tesch become a Wisconsin-based corporation.