Zimbal Minkery, Inc.’s rich history began in 1954 with the establishment of a farm located in Sheboygan by Robert H. Zimbal. A year later, Robert’s father Roland left his partnership at Sauk Trail Mink Ranch to join Zimbal Minkery. Roland brought with him his share of mink, which laid the foundation for Zimbal Minkery to become North America’s top producer of mink and one of the most renowned producers in the world.
Zimbal Minkery experienced steady growth during the next twenty years, and in 1979 they started a second farm just outside of Oostburg, WI, with the help of Robert’s sons, Bob, Richard and Tom, whom had since joined the family business. In 1985, Robert’s son-in-law, Mike Jacobchick, joined the operation.
In 2000, a third, separate farm was started by Bob’s son, Jim, and Richard’s son, Rick. In 2005, Zimbal Minkery purchased a 22,400 sq. ft. warehouse facility and converted it into a processing/grading plant. The following year they broke ground on a state-of-the-art 21,000 sq. ft. feed plant, with production beginning during the summer of 2007.
Zimbal Minkery currently markets their mink through NAFA, the largest fur auction company in North America. Throughout the years they have won dozens of top lot awards for the quality of fur they produce. For the past twenty years, Zimbal Minkery has taken the majority of awards in the pelt competition at the International Mink show.
Zimbal Minkery is one of the largest mink producer in North America, but it is not size that distinguishes them; rather, it is the quality of their pelts that has made them famous with furriers and fashion designers around the world. It has been the Zimbal family’s goal to produce the finest quality mink by using the latest technology to ensure the animals are given the best possible care.