Dave Rettig and his father, Darrel Rettig, started Rembrandt Foods 15 years ago, more than a decade after the younger Rettig developed the business plan for the egg production business. “It took 10 years to find an investor,” Rettig says.
Rembrandt Foods got off the ground when Rettig met Glen A. Taylor, a successful businessman who is the majority owner of the NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves and the Minnesota Lynx of the WNBA. Taylor, a member of the Minnesota Senate from 1981 to 1990, grew up on a farm. “He’s one of the most successful businessmen in the country,” Rettig says.
Rettig met Taylor through a friend, Mike Gidley. “Mike grew up in northwest Iowa and was aware that Glen Taylor owned land in the area,” Rettig recalls. “He wrote Glen a letter saying he had some friends who had a plan to start an egg business. After we put Rembrandt together, Mike and I became the first two employees.”