AMES, Iowa (May 2, 2019) – Kent Corporation, headquartered in Muscatine, Iowa, was among the honorees of the Iowa State University Foundation’s annual Distinguished Awards Celebration held Friday, April 26, at Iowa State University’s Benton Auditorium. The ceremony recognized the outstanding contributions of alumni and friends of Iowa State University.
Kent Corporation received the Order of the Knoll Corporation and Foundation Award, which honors a corporation, foundation or association that has demonstrated generosity to Iowa State University through significant leadership giving, dedicated and long-term service and assistance to students and faculty.
Led by Gage Kent, chairman of the board and CEO, Kent Corporation is a diversified, family-owned corporation with operating subsidiaries involved in corn wet milling, the production of animal feeds and the manufacturing of food products. The company is an economic driver not only in its home community, but also in the state of Iowa and nationally. Contributing nearly $1 million a day to the local economy, the nearly 2,000 dedicated employees of Kent Corporation are providing solutions for customers in the United States and roughly 60 countries globally.
Over four decades, Kent Corporation and Iowa State University have built a valuable partnership. The company has demonstrated a strong commitment to the educational and research mission of Iowa State, most recently with a substantial gift to support the university’s new feed mill and grain science complex, which will be a state-of-the-art facility for hands-on student learning, meaningful faculty research, and extension and outreach to industry workforce.
Kent Corporation also established the Kent Corporation Chair in Business in the Ivy College of Business and designated a gift to the College of Engineering to name the auditorium in Hoover Hall. In July 2018, the company opened the Kent Innovation Center in the Iowa State Research Park, a facility that will provide a pipeline for employment for students in a variety of majors and allow faculty and staff to engage in innovative projects with an industry leader.
The Iowa State University Foundation presented three additional awards at the Distinguished Awards Celebration: the Order of the Knoll Faculty and Staff Award, the Order of the Knoll Cardinal and Gold Award and the Order of the Knoll Campanile,
About Kent Corporation
Kent Corporation, headquartered in Muscatine, Iowa (USA) is a diversified, family-owned corporation with operating subsidiaries involved in corn wet milling, the production of animal feeds, and the manufacture of food and beverage products. Kent Corporation is owned by the Kent family and led by third generation family member, Gage A. Kent. Kent serves customers across the world and employs approximately two thousand people in its 23 locations across 13 states and three countries.