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Kent Nutrition Group breaks ground on new Sheldon, Iowa plant

MUSCATINE, Iowa — Kent Nutrition Group broke ground on a new expansion project for their Deluxe Feeds Sheldon location on Thursday, September 14, 2017. The new northwest Iowa plant will increase volume and the flexibility of the operation while providing more products and service to area swine, dairy and beef customers.

Kent broke ground on September 14 for a new, multi-million dollar feed manufacturing facility to be built on the campus of Deluxe Feeds in Sheldon, Iowa. Company and city officials, employees, as well as state and national representatives were on hand for the kick off celebration, pictured from left to right are State Representative Randy Feenstra; Kevin Cain, president, Sheldon Chamber and Development Corporation (SCDC) Board ; Dan Paca, general manager, Deluxe Feeds; John Thorpe, president, KNG; Mike Gauss, vice president of operations, KNG; Skip Tanner, Sheldon Ambassador; and Katricia Meendering, Mayor of Sheldon.

The expansion project demonstrates KNG’s commitment to service for its livestock customers in the four-state area with the addition of five new pellets mills, high-efficiency packaging equipment, grain cleaning and packaging innovations, two separate processing lines, and a 50,000-square-foot warehouse. Continue reading

$14 Million Committed by Kent Corporation, Iowa Corn Promotion Board and Sukup Manufacturing Co. for Iowa State’s Feed Mill and Grain Science Project

Ames, Iowa — Kent Corporation is committing $8 million, the Iowa Corn Promotion Board $4 million, and Sukup Manufacturing Co. $2 million in support of a new Iowa State University educational and research facility for feed milling and grain science.

 

 

The $14 million in gifts are the first to be announced for the $21.2 million feed mill and grain science complex, which will be funded entirely through private giving.

 

The commitments made by Kent Corporation and Iowa Corn Promotion Board represent the largest gifts each has ever made. Sukup Manufacturing Co.’s commitment will be in-kind support, including the complex’s grain storage bins. Continue reading

Supporting the Muscatine County Sheriff’s Office

The Muscatine County Sheriff’s office completed a training at the Kent Corporation Headquarters on Sunday, June 25th from Noon to 6:00 pm. The training helped law enforcement prepare their sixteen member Special Response Team (SRT) for potential critical incidents and highly volatile situations.  This exercise is part of their systemic preparation to save lives in Muscatine County.

Kent Corporation is extremely proud to support the Muscatine County Sheriff in this training.  In addition to the use of our facility, The Kent Charitable Foundation has donated $40,956.80 for strategic protective equipment to aide in their efforts.  The protective equipment included tactical ballistic vests, armor plates, as well as magazine, utility, and radio pouches.  This donation will allow all members of the SRT to carry out their duties in a safer manner for the next 5 to 10 years. Continue reading

KNG Gives helps fight childhood hunger

KNG Gives supports youth nutrition initiative. Julie Rose, senior buyer, Kent Corporation, presents Shelly Maharry, associate director, Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine, with a nearly $40,000 gift to support efforts to fight childhood hunger in Muscatine and Louisa counties.

MUSCATINE, Iowa — Muscatine area youth will benefit from a new wellness project that will provide easy access to healthy, nutritious food through meal programs, in-school food pantries and other youth-related nutrition support programs.

 

This important community effort is the inaugural project for KNG Gives — a social impact program designed to assist communities, customers, employees, and their families in the Kent Nutrition Group trade area. Kent Nutrition Group is a division of Kent Corporation, a family-owned company, headquartered in Muscatine, IA.

 

KNG Gives allows us to make a positive difference in people’s lives by giving back to those communities where we live and do business,” said Mark Krieger, vice president, marketing for Kent Nutrition Group. “Thanks to our partnership with Nutra Blend, our first KNG Gives project will educate kids and families on the importance of a nutritious diet and positively impact areas that have helped us grow to be the company we are today.”

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Deluxe Feeds and Kent Nutrition Group Announces Expansion to Sheldon, Iowa, Plant

MUSCATINE, Iowa — Deluxe Feeds Inc., a division of Kent Nutrition Group (KNG) in Muscatine, Iowa, announced plans today for an expansion to its Sheldon, Iowa, location that will allow the plant to better serve customers and offer a wider variety of products and services.

 

The expansion will provide Deluxe Feeds with new innovations and products that will bring value to the Deluxe Feeds and KNG customers in this market. The plant will increase capacity and versatility by adding five new pellet mills, two separate processing lines, high-efficiency packaging equipment, robotic palletizers, grain cleaning and packaging innovations and a 50,000-square-foot warehouse.

 

“This investment and expansion reflects our deep commitment to the industry. We are focused on providing innovative products and solutions to address the challenges and opportunities our customers face both today and in the future,” said Gage A. Kent, Chairman and CEO of Kent Corporation. Continue reading