It ALL Started When...
Mitchell Marketing Group, dba The Mr. Canary® Company, incorporated in January 1995. Sisters, Jan Long and Christina Mowery started the company selling The Original Mr. Canary® Finch Feeder that was developed by their Dad, Ray Mitchell. In 2012, Chris retired and now Jan maintains the 100%, Woman-Owned business. Chris, always the big sister, remains just a speed-dial away for emergency help and general moral support.
From 1995 until early 2016, a subcontracted workforce at Carey Services, a community service agency in the Mitchell sisters’ hometown of Marion, Indiana, handled all production. Under the watchful eyes of Richard Tait and Pam Brown, Carey provided all sourcing, assembly, packaging, and shipping of Mr. Canary products as part of its many support options for people with intellectual and physical disabilities.
Today, the spirit of that legacy lives on in Mr. Canary Company’s partnership with The Arc of Greater Boone County in Lebanon, Indiana. Pam Verbarg and Tracy Autrey spearhead this exciting, mutually-beneficial and joyful enterprise focusing on shared growth that helps each organization attain individual and mutual goals.
The Mr. Canary® Company operates with a clear aim; to run a business that makes quality products and a little difference in the community. Our business model challenges stereotypes, marries enterprise to social responsibility, and maintains a profitable bottom line. Our partnership demonstrates the potential of work to ignite achievement. In a highly imported industry, and with the of exceptions of Nyjer seed and the sock feeder textile (which must be imported), all parts of Mr. Canary feeders have always been made in the U.S.A from recycled and recyclable material.