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Kent Faces Threat of Wildfires in Australia

MUSCATINE, Iowa (January 14, 2020) – Kent Corporation hopes relief comes soon as historic fires continue to burn in Australia. Kent Pet Group, Inc.’s subsidiary, FibreCycle®  has three locations in Australia, including one in Lonsdale, SA and two in Queensland. Kent is working with these communities to provide support during this natural disaster.

“Our facilities and our people are currently safe but on high alert as the risk of new fire and spreading fire is severe,” said Mike Eversmeyer, President of Kent Pet Group.  

The fires, fueled in part by drought and Australia’s hottest and driest year on record, have scorched an area larger than the size of Indiana since September. Australia is roughly similar in size to the continental United States. All Kent employees send their thoughts and deepest sympathies to those impacted.

“Everyone at Kent extends our thoughts and prayers to the FibreCycle™ team, their families, and their communities, including the many brave men and women who are fighting these devastating fires,” said Carol Reynolds, Corporate Spokesperson for Kent Corporation.

Kent is currently working with both the Royal Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) as well as regional shelters for product donations to support their work, with now increased numbers of sheltered pets.

“We have made donations to regional firefighting agencies in South Australia and Queensland,” said Eversmeyer. “We continue to monitor the situation and pray for rain and other relief for the fires.”

Kent Pet Group acquired FibreCycle™ in 2018; the company manufactures sustainable litter and animal bedding with recycled paper.

About Kent Corporation

Based in Muscatine, Iowa, Kent Corporation is a diversified, family-owned corporation with operating subsidiaries involved in corn wet milling, the production of animal feeds, and the manufacture of food, beverage and pet 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.