In 1988 Ed Schuler and his son, Chris Schuler, founded BIO-CAT, Inc. in Keswick, Virginia. Along with their business associate, Brian Huffman, they worked out of Ed’s house and Brian’s barn. They started with one small 20-kilogram blender, a few exhaust fans to control dust and a small shed for warehousing and shipping. Their vision from the beginning was to provide exceptional customer service, high-quality enzymes and same-day or next-day shipping services. Their goal was to make sure that their customers were always taken care of and satisfied. In fact, their first five customers are still with the company today!

 

BIO-CAT was one of the first wholesalers of dietary enzymes in the United States, and the forerunners in developing formulas for use in digestive preparations. Over the years, BIO-CAT has developed expertise in enzyme formulation and custom blending. Today, BIO-CAT offers an industry-leading range of products from single-to multi-enzyme blends & unique microbial solutions.

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2021
2021

2021: BIO-CAT’s Continued Expansion

2021: BIO-CAT’s Continued Expansion
After 15 years of success in Minnesota, BIO-CAT plans to expand that business through a 30,000 square foot expansion of high tech microbial fermentation production in Troy, with a projected start date of 2022. This enables BIO-CAT to bring several new jobs to the area. The expansion highlights a modular design, and allows the company to continue to grow in the future through an additional 30,000 square foot expansion during a projected second phase.
2018
2018

2018: BIO-CAT Microbials Expands

2018: BIO-CAT Microbials Expands

BIO-CAT Microbials gets a front office expansion and remodel which includes 4 new offices and an executive conference room. Construction begins to add 5 new state-of-the-art blending rooms and capital improvements are made to their laboratory space, adding 3 clean rooms.

2016
2016

2016: FSSC 22000 (Food Safety System Certification)

2016: FSSC 22000 (Food Safety System Certification)

BIO-CAT becomes a FSSC 22000 (Food Safety System Certification) certified company which is recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) and based on existing ISO standards. BIO-CAT is certified by the Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America as HALAL for consumption.

2015
2015

2015: HACCP Implementation

2015: HACCP Implementation

BIO-CAT implements the Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Point (HACCP) Management System, a recognized management system for reducing the risk of safety hazards in food.

2014
2014

2014: BIO-CAT CEO Named “Business Person of the Year” 2014

2014: BIO-CAT CEO Named “Business Person of the Year” 2014

Ed Schuler, founder and CEO of BIO-CAT, is named “Business Person of the Year” by the Louisa County Chamber of Commerce. Ed credits his employees saying, “Over the years, BIO-CAT has had the good fortune to hire excellent people to run our operation.”

 

BIO-CAT establishes the ‘Brian M. Huffman Memorial Scholarship’ at Louisa County High School in remembrance of Brian Huffman, a former vice-president of operations and an instrumental asset to the company.

2013
2013

2013: BIO-CAT Makes a Big Commitment Towards Innovation

2013: BIO-CAT Makes a Big Commitment Towards Innovation

BIO-CAT breaks ground on a 15,000 square foot expansion of production and warehouse space along with a 6,800 square foot state-of-the-art Research and Development lab. Installation on a new customer service office is complete, and construction begins on a new main entrance and parking lot.

2012
2012

2012: BIO-CAT Microbials Goes Green

BIO-CAT Microbials makes capital improvements to their fermentation process. Automated processes to improve efficiencies, expanded capacity and SAVING over 1,000,000 gallons of water annually.

2011
2011

2011: Official Distributor for Shin Nihon Enzyme

BIO-CAT becomes the exclusive North American distributor of dietary supplement enzyme products for Shin Nihon Enzyme Co., one of the most unique enzyme producers in the world.

2010
2010

2010: Official Distributor for Amano Enzyme

2010: Official Distributor for Amano Enzyme

BIO-CAT becomes the exclusive North American distributor of dietary supplement enzyme products for Amano Enzyme Inc., the world’s number one specialty enzyme manufacturer.

2009
2009

2009: Quality/Safety Job #1 ISO 9001:2008 Accreditation

2009:  Quality/Safety Job #1 ISO 9001:2008 Accreditation

BIO-CAT receives ISO 9001:2008 accreditation.

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