The Jones history as meat cutters and butchers in the USA can be traced back fifteen decades to Stephen Jones, meat cutter, in 1850 in Rome, New York. It moves down each generation from Jay W. Jones, meat cutter, moving to Clinton, Wisconsin in 1870, to Jay E. Jones, meat cutter, moving to Harvard, Illinois in 1902, to Robert M. Jones, meat cutter, opening Jones Packaging Company in 1952 in Harvard, Illinois. With each new generation being trained in meat cutting and passing down the family tradition, Robert L. Jones worked in his father's meat packing plant until 1970.
In 1970 Robert L. Jones founded this compnay as a small meat market with a smokehouse to provide custom butchering and smoking for local farmers in Woodstock, Illinois. The best cuts of meat also produced the best bones and word traveled fast that Jones was the place to go for naturally baked dog treats. By 1988, three of Robert's children, Darren, Dean, and Laura had joined the company and were eager to expand the dog treats. The dog treat division was officially established in 1991. The company expanded to an additional Woodstock facility in 1994, and another additional facility in 1998 and 2003. After occupying five separate locations in Woodstock, the company expanded to a new single location in Rockford, Illinois in 2005. The meat company, Jones Locker Service Inc., remains in the family and is now owned and operated by Robert's youngest daughter, and her husband, Jeff and Suzanne Madenis.
Six generations of expertise in the meat industry have proven to be a valuable asset to Jones Natural Chews. THe Jones family takes pride in the consistency and quality of their natural, healthy dog treats and chews made from animal products supplied by USDA inspected plants within the USA. Over the years, Jones Natural Chews has carefully developed several types and sizes of chews and treats for all size dogs and all types of chewers. All products are developed with careful testing for moisture levels, bacteria control, and maximum shelf life. Of course, the true product testers consist of several different dogs ranging in size from three pounds to one hundred thirteen pounds. Lots of thanks and love to our current testers (smallest to largest): Onyx, Millie, Gus, Grizzly, Jake, Harley, Bandit, Lady, Sampson, Nitro, and Sam.