KENT Receives Presidential Award for Exports
MUSCATINE, Iowa (November 5, 2021) — Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce awarded KENT® Corporation the 2021 President’s “E” Award for Exports in Washington, D.C. The President’s “E” Award is the highest recognition any U.S. entity can receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports.
"Kent Corporation has demonstrated a sustained commitment to export expansion. The “E” Awards Committee was very impressed with Kent Corporation’s development of customized products for international sales. The company’s use of creative logistics strategies to expand exports was also particularly notable. Kent Corporation’s achievements have undoubtedly contributed to national export expansion efforts that support the U.S. economy and create American jobs.” said Secretary Raimondo in her congratulatory letter to the company announcing its selection.
From Field to Family™, KENT is helping a growing world do more through the manufacture of high-quality food, beverage and ingredients, agriculture and pet care products. From humble roots in the livestock feed industry, since 1927, KENT has grown to become an international supplier of today with two thousand dedicated employees providing value to new and long-term domestic and international customers.
“It’s been a true honor to be in our nation’s capitol to accept this prestigious award on behalf of KENT Corporation and our international group," said Stuart Mabee, Senior Vice President of International Sales for KENT's International Group. "It is a privilege to be a part of this wonderful organization, helping people around the globe with our quality products, while supporting American manufacturing and job growth.”
In total, the Department honored 70 U.S. companies and organizations from across the country for their role in strengthening the U.S. economy by sharing American ingenuity outside of our borders. The ceremony was held to jointly recognize awardees from 2021, (32 organizations) and 2020, (39 organizations).
“The KENT team is committed to producing highly efficient products while also advancing our company, community, and industry through top quality exports,” said Carol Reynolds, KENT Corporation spokesperson. “With everything we do, Kent stands by our universal value and is proud that our company has an increasingly growing presence within the global food, beverage and ingredients, agricultural and pet care markets.”
In 1961, President Kennedy signed an executive order reviving the World War II “E” symbol of excellence to honor and provide recognition to America's exporters. Criteria for the award is based on four years of successive export growth in one or more international markets.
U.S. companies are nominated for the “E” Awards through the U.S. Commercial Service, the export promotion arm of the Department’s International Trade Administration. With offices in over 100 cities across the United States and in 75 markets around the world, the International Trade Administration is the premier resource for American companies competing in the global marketplace.
For more information about the “E” Awards and the benefits of exporting, visit www.trade.gov.
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, beverage, personal care and pet products. KENT is led by third generation family member, Gage A. Kent. The KENT family of companies serve customers across the world and employ approximately two thousand people in 40 locations across 20 states and seven countries.