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Kent Corporation Recognizes Larry Porter for 50 Years of Service

At Kent Corporation’s recent Service Award Luncheon, Larry Porter, of Muscatine, was recognized for 50 years of employment at Grain Procession Corporation, a subsidiary of Kent Corporation.

 

“For 50 years, Larry Porter has made his career with Kent Corporation. This dedication to our company has made Larry an invaluable member of our team,” said CEO Gage Kent, “Larry exemplifies our organization’s mission and values. We take pride in fostering long term relationships with our employees, and are very pleased to recognize Larry with this award.”

Doyle Tubandt, President & COO; John Thorpe, President, GPC; Larry Porter; Shirley Porter; Gage Kent, Chairman and CEO, Kent Corporation

Doyle Tubandt, President & COO; John Thorpe, President, GPC; Larry Porter; Shirley Porter; Gage Kent, Chairman and CEO, Kent Corporation

 

Since joining Kent in August 1966, Porter served many roles, including Plant Process Engineer, Superintendent, Production Manager and Chief Process Engineer, which is his current role with GPC. Porter has been instrumental in the costing, design, construction and startup of many major projects at GPC including our second plant in Washington Indiana.

 

At the ceremony Porter was recognized for his breadth and depth of work at Kent, as well as his contributions to company culture, most notably his unique skill for creating project pet names that were widely enjoyed by GPC employees. Porter’s wife, Shirley Porter, also received an honorary service award for her support of Porter throughout his career.

 

The ceremony took place in Kent’s newly renovated Conference Center on the Oregon Street Campus. The Conference Center, formerly an office building, has been repurposed and redesigned as a completely new conference space to accommodate growing company needs. The Center includes an auditorium and training facility for the continuing education and development of Kent employees and customers. The Conference Center which opened the first week of April and was made possible through the combined efforts of executive and shareholder investors.