Our mission is to offer fanciers frameworks, tools and relationships to make a difference in their life. It's reflected in the work we do, in who we are, and in everything we make. It guides us along the path we take every day.
In our warehouse, there's a weathervane that points to different areas that make up the fancier experience. The weathervane can only show the way. Fanciers must provide the momentum. You climb the mountain. You conquer the seas. You serve in the community. JEDDS greatest power is to be the inspiration. We invite you to participate and enjoy the world around you.
In 1988, a 44-year old man left his established career for a path less known. Unexpectedly, he learned of an important life-lesson only months before
life is too short. Make a difference in your life and your world. Seize your dreams. His daughters death that year was the impetus for change. He arrived at this decision with no savings, and now, no income. His name? Dick Ricker
Pigeons had always provided joy and sanctuary for Dick. Soon, his sanctuary and source of joy became an inspiration for his new life path. He would make his lifes passion a career. The first years were hard. To make ends meet, Dick and his wife took to paper-routes and other odd jobs. Then one morning, he shared his life-tale with Ed Lemoine, a close friend and fellow enthusiast. It wasn't long before the two decided to go into partnership and open a fancier supply store together. JEDDS was born. They would leverage their respected skills and endow their inspiration to the world.
From the beginning, this was very much a family effort. All members of each family pitched in where they could. As a matter of fact, our company name, JEDDS, is an acronym. Each individual letter represents the first name of each individual family member; [J] Janice Ricker, [E] Ed Lemoine, [D] Donna Lemoine and [D] Dick Ricker
From the beginning, JEDDS business philosophy was based on exceptional service, selection, quality and value. The company built a devoted customer base; and in 1990, the partners leased a second warehouse.
In 1992, Ed Lemoine sold his share of the company to Dick and Janice Ricker. Dick added an international partner, Boddy & Ridewood, in 1995.
A Growing Reputation
The company soon grew to become one of the largest fancier supplies and services distributors in the United States. By 1994, JEDDS had a solid customer-base in all 50 states, as well as, Canada, Mexico and Japan.
By 1995, the company was looking for new ways to spread its wings. Venturing with Boddy & Ridewood, England, provided increased international reach. More comprehensive now than ever before, JEDDS product mix received positive acclaim from individual fanciers and sanctioned organizations alike. In addition, new associates, whom shared Dicks life philosophy, joined the JEDDS team.
By the year 2000, the company had grown to large for its space. A third and fourth warehouse was added to accommodate large international inventories and customers. JEDDS consistently has its eye on customer needs.
At JEDDS, our associates take great pride in providing the very best in customer service. Our warehouses offer a variety of services to accommodate our fanciers' improvement needs. And our free online reference guides help pigeon owners develop their do-it-yourself skills.
Back row from left to right: Andrew, Greg and Richard.
Front row from left to right: Wendy, Jan and James.
In front: Takoa (Jedds' greeter).
While JEDDS was growing, it focused on catering to customers' needs, individually. Instead of catering to only elite, competitive racing pigeon flyers, JEDDS created programs that fit individual enthusiasts needs. JEDDS was created to inspire those simple joys that often go unheard.
Today, JEDDS has grown, from a small garage workbench, into an international avian products and services distributor. JEDDS is a specialty organization with four warehouses, renowned customer service, generous product inventory, and wide product selection of the best supplies for the entire hobby.
Though JEDDS celebrates its 13th Anniversary this year, the company's philosophy has remained unchanged since its establishment by [J]anice, [E]d, [D]onna, and [D]ick, JEDDS, over a decade ago: offer the customer the best possible service, selection, quality and value.
Where this journey leads is yet to be seen. This much is certain, JEDDS is committed to not only offer fanciers the most frameworks, tools and relationships available, but to encourage them to take journeys less traveled and make a difference in their life.