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PROGRESS: Export market leads to growth for Muscatine’s GPC plant

Sean Leary
For the Muscatine Journal


Grain Processing Corporation was founded in 1943, by S.G. Stein and G.A. Kent, both of Muscatine and is located on Oregon Street in Muscatine. GPC is a subsidiary of Kent Corporation.

Grain Processing Corporation (GPC) is among the Muscatine companies celebrating rapid growth due to increased customer demand worldwide for its products. The spike in activity between Iowa and the Muscatine-based company, and China, the most populous country in the world, has opened up rich revenue and business streams and led to expansion locally.

In 2015, GPC announced a major alcohol expansion in Muscatine that continues on track to be a boon to the area and the company, according to Janet Sichterman, Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Communications for the Kent Corporation, parent company of GPC.  Continue reading

PROGRESS: Kent continues growth to benefit of Muscatine

Sean Leary
For the Muscatine Journal

Business is growing faster than summer wheat for the Muscatine-based Kent Corporation family of companies, which now employs approximately 1,800 employees and does business in the United States, Canada, and around the world.

Kent Corporation is located at 2905 U.S Hwy 61, in Muscatine by Beth Van Zandt

In October 2016, Kent Nutrition Group, a division of the company, acquired the Deluxe Feeds organization, including its feed mills, retail business, and Midwest EnRG Flakes operations.

“We are very pleased to have Deluxe join our family of companies as we both share a passion and long tradition for providing customers with quality products and service,” said Gage A. Kent, chairman and CEO, Kent Corporation. “Our company has always been a strong supporter of U.S. and Iowa agriculture. The acquisition of Deluxe will continue to position us well in the industry and enhance our long-term ability to serve customers with trusted brands, superior customer service and competitive ingredient sourcing.”  Continue reading

The Salvation Army to Unveil its First Dual-Purpose Disaster Relief Trailer in the Wisconsin Upper Michigan Area

WAUWATOSA, WIS. (Jan. 16, 2017) — An innovative disaster relief trailer that will be equipped with a unique radio mobile communications unit, air conditioning unit, and ample storage for emergency product distribution such as beverages and small meals, is being unveiled at 1:30 p.m. on Wed., Jan. 18, at The Salvation Army’s Wisconsin and Upper Michigan Divisional Headquarters (11315 West Watertown Plank Rd.). The trailer was donated to the division by Sqwincher Corporation, a leading manufacturer of heat and cold stress hydration products.

The trailer, donated by Sqwincher Corporation, will feature a Radio Mobile Communications System and Hydration Dispensary


The Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN) system will allow the trailer to serve as the hub for communication transmissions during disaster relief efforts and general ministry outreach throughout the Wisconsin and Upper Michigan area, a first for this region. The trailer can accommodate two to three staff people at any given time. Continue reading

Kent Corporation Employees Volunteer for United Way

Muscatine, Iowa has held a United Way Day of Caring event for the past 10 years. Kent Corporation has great participation from their employees and this year was no exception.  Sixty employees volunteered their time for a morning or afternoon session.  In 2016, the Day of Caring included over 75 service projects around the city of Muscatine.  Some of the jobs employees worked on included: helping an elderly person with fall clean-up, painting at the MCSA building, mulching at Kent Stein Park, yard work at the Musser Museum, painting at the Boy Scout Camp, and helping at the Flickinger Learning Center. Continue reading

Grain Processing Corporation receives Energy Efficiency award at 4th Annual Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities Conference

(Des Moines)- The Grain Processing Corporation (GPC) was awarded a Leadership in Energy Efficiency award by the Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities after a nomination from Muscatine Power and Water (MPW).


Troy DeJoode, Executive Director of the Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities presented the award to Bill Chrisman, Senior Process Engineer at GPC. On hand to represent MPW were Gage Huston, MPW Director for Power Production and Supply, and Paul Burback, Energy Service Advisor. Continue reading