April 1, 1946 — Ed Lowe is discharged from the Navy and returns to his home in southwest Michigan.

March 1, 1946 — Under the name of Lowe and Lowe Co., Ed Lowe joins his father selling ice and coal to residents of Vandalia, Jones and Marcellus, MI — and industrial absorbents to local companies.

September 19, 1946 — William Kane sends Ed Lowe a sample of Dri-Bed, the double-action chick and poultry litter manufactured by the W. H. Barber Co. in Chicago.

December 1, 1946 — Lowe’s Sawdust Co. hires Robert Follett as a truck driver.