About Us

The Straw Boss is a family owned and operated business based in Mt Elgin, Ontario. As a young and growing Ontario-based business, we are excited to provide the farming industry with a healthier alternative to traditional bedding options.

We are proud to use premium Canadian wheat in all our products. The Straw Boss high-quality dust extracted straw provides a safe and healthy environment for all types of animals. There are many benefits to using dust extracted straw and we have received amazing feedback from our clients.

The Straw Boss also provides an honest and reliable delivery service for all customers. Our products are high quality, easy to handle and are the healthier choice for everyone! 


Our Facility & Equipment

Our specialized equipment and hygienic surroundings allows for quality removal of dust, mould, allergens and other environmental irritants.


Our Team

Meet our team (pictured left to right): Courteney Paton, Matt Hendriksen, Mike Hendriksen, Ewart McLaughlin and Sara Minler.

Ewart McLaughlin (Co-Founder): Ewart grew up on a family farm and has always had a passion for farming as a result. He has made a name for himself as an Entrepreneur through various business ventures. Working alongside his brother, they founded E & E McLaughlin Warehousing Ltd., a successful company that is located in Tillsonburg, Ontario. Ewart has strong ties to the community and is always looking forward in ways to benefit the community and improve the agriculture industry.

Matt Hendriksen (Co-Founder): and his brother, Mike, oversee the day to day operation of The Straw Boss. Matt is an enthusiastic and hard worker who has a passion for the company. Coming from Oxford County he understands the area and the importance the agriculture sector has in the community. He is excited to co-own a company that can make a positive impact on the industry and the community.

Mike Hendriksen (Co-Founder): and his brother, Matt, oversee the day to day operation of The Straw Boss. Mike has a strong work ethic and drive to improve the industry. He is proud of the Straw Boss products and is excited about the company and their future in the industry. Growing up in Oxford County he understands how The Straw Boss can make meaningful contributions to the agriculture sector and the community.

Sara Minler (Sales): Growing up on and formerly owning and operating a chicken farm, Sara understands the importance of hard work and the agriculture industry. Over the years, working in the agriculture sector she has become extremely knowledgeable and understands the importance of animal and worker welfare. She has a passion for the industry and strives to continue to improve it.

Courteney Paton (Office and Lab Coordinator): Courteney has close ties to Mount Elgin and is excited to be involved in the growth of a local company. With a strong background in biology, she is happy to bring that knowledge and experience to The Straw Boss. Growing up in a farming family she understands the importance of the agriculture industry and is enthusiastic about contributing to the sector.