Alaska Mill & Feed was started in 1950 by Don Donatello, who had come to Alaska with the military during World War II. Mr. Donatello stayed in Alaska after the War and started a small family business from his home making bleach. He acquired land and a rendering plant was built in 1958. A short while later a feed mill was constructed in 1964. As the business grew, other projects were completed. A farm and garden retail operation and a fertilizer blending plant were built in the 70’s.
Alaska Mill & Feed currently operates a garden and pet wholesale distribution business under the name Alaska Garden & Pet Supply Inc., manufacturing facilities for animal feed, fertilizer, ice melt and wild bird seed, and a retail store.
The Company’s strong emphasis on customer service, quality products (many of which are made in Alaska), and competitive prices have helped cultivate the family-owned business from a very small beginning to a large, local company that employs over seventy people.
Leaving behind a family legacy and a part of local heritage, the Donatello Family has converted the company to an ESOP, or Employee Stock Ownership Plan. As of December 29, 2016, the company is proud to announce Alaska Mill & Feed is now an Employee Owned Company.
Benefits of working at THE MILL:
EMPLOYEE OWNERSHIP: Mill Team Members who work at least 1000 hours over a 50 week period will automatically qualify to become company owners through our Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP).
STAFF DISCOUNTS: We love our animals and want to be able to have firsthand experience with the foods and supplies we sell. We offer an opportunity to do that with staff discounts and pet feeding programs on items in the store.
PAID TIME OFF: We work hard, but we need to recharge. All staff are eligible for Paid Time Off (PTO) and you can use it for vacations, sick leave, or just a day for you.
HEALTHCARE: Because even the heartiest of Mill Team Members can get sick. We offer Healthcare insurance options to all employees that work an average of 32 hours a week. Vision, Dental and Voluntary Life Insurance plans are also offered.
RETIREMENT: To help you plan your future, The Mill offers a self-funded 401(k) plan to help with retirement plans.
GIVING BACK: Being good employee owners is great but giving back is even more rewarding. We have many opportunities to volunteer with your team members out in the community.
SOCIAL: Get to know your Mill Team Members! Our ESOP Committee offers many opportunities to get to know each other, BBQs, potlucks, fun staff contests, and our annual ESOP-IVERSARY Party!