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Kent Partners with Muscatine High School on Work-Based Learning Project

The Future Ready Iowa program seeks to teach Muscatine High School students

MUSCATINE, Iowa (February 24, 2020) — Kent Corporation is partnering with a group of Muscatine High School students through an Iowa clearinghouse for work-based learning project, part of Future Ready Iowa. The state-wide program seeks to connect students and employers through shared projects that give students professional experience.

“Kent is thrilled to be part of this work-based learning project with high school students in our home community,” said Carol Reynolds, Corporate Spokesperson for Kent Corporation. “It’s an opportunity for us to partner with youth and hopefully be a small part of exposing students to great jobs that exist not only across the state of Iowa, but right here in their hometown.”

Kent Corporation’s Enterprise Innovation team is working alongside Denise Hillman, a Vocational Education Instructional Coach at Muscatine High School (MHS). For the project, students will survey their classmates on their perceptions of plant-based meat alternatives.

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Kent Opens Doors to Host FFA Students at Kent Conference Center

MUSCATINE, Iowa (February 13, 2020) — Kent Corporation hosted the Southeast Iowa FFA District’s 2020-2021 District Officer Candidate Interviews on Friday, February 7, 2020.

“We appreciate the facilities that Kent and GPC have provided for our use,” said Adam Crews, Southeast Iowa FFA District Advisor on Friday, February 7. “Bridging the gap between FFA and the agricultural industry is important. The use of the facilities today provides a professional setting where students can develop a vision of what a professional agricultural career would look like. Kent and GPC are showing they believe in the future of agriculture and support youth leadership in agriculture.”

Nearly 40 FFA (Future Farmers of America) members from across southeast Iowa participated in the interview process hosted at the Kent Conference Center located at 1600 Oregon St. in Muscatine, Iowa. Over a period of several hours, candidates completed an FFA knowledge test, a 7-on-1 personal interview, and a 10-minute round of 2-on-1 interviews.

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Kent Corporation CEO Attends USMCA Signing, Applauds Agreement

MUSCATINE, Iowa (January 29, 2020) — Kent Corporation’s CEO, Gage Kent, attended the signing of the United States-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) trade agreement in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 as a guest of Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig.

Kent Corporation CEO and Chairman Gage Kent (left) stands with Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig at the signing of the USMCA agreement on Wednesday, January 29, 2020.

Across the U.S., more than 43,000 manufacturers, employing two million Americans, export to these neighboring countries to the north and south. Kent Corporation has been an active proponent of the USMCA and supports those who have worked hard on behalf of producers, particularly those in Border States, the upper Midwest and New England area to help open important markets to their products.

“With the signing of the USMCA, farmers, meat, milk and egg producers and manufacturers will see new opportunities for growth and prosperity,” said Gage Kent, Chairman and CEO of Kent Corporation. “It is a modernized and balanced trade agreement between the United States, Canada and Mexico. This constructive and forward-looking agreement ensures America’s consumers, farmers, manufacturers, innovators, and service providers will have a new economic platform upon which to build a great future. President Trump, his administration and Congress are to be congratulated on putting forward this historic agreement.”

A win for the American worker. Kent Corporation CEO and Chairman Gage Kent (left) stands with Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate; U.S. Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa; U.S. Senator Joni Ernst of Iowa; Kevin Ross, President of the National Corn Growers Association; and Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig.

“It was exciting to be in Washington D.C. to witness President Trump sign the modernized USMCA,” said Secretary Naig. “U.S. farmers are benefiting from the Trump administration’s efforts to renegotiate unbalanced trade agreements. Under the new USMCA, Iowa farmers will gain greater access to our two largest export markets, which is great news heading into the 2020 planting season.”

Kent Corporation CEO and Chairman Gage Kent stands with Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate (left) and Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig (right).

Combined, Canada and Mexico purchase nearly half of U.S. global manufacturing goods including food and beverages, agriculture, machinery, and more. According to data from the National Association of Manufacturers, the U.S. exports more than $5.5 billion to Canada and Mexico. Additionally, Canada and Mexico represent Iowa’s closest trading partners, ranking as the top two destinations for exports, keeping the state globally competitive.

Mr. Kent is a member of the Board of Directors for the National Association of Manufacturers. With approximately 2,000 employees, Kent Corporation sees the signing of this agreement as a major win for the American worker.

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 and pet products. Kent is led by third generation family member, Gage A. Kent. Kent serves customers across the world and employs approximately two thousand people in 40 locations across 20 states and seven countries.


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.

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Kent Nutrition Group Welcomes New Hampshire Governor Sununu on Bow Feed Mill Tour

Governor Sununu tours Bow Feed Mill and discusses local impact

New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu visits Kent Nutrition Group’s Blue Seal manufacturing feed mill in Bow. Pictured from left to right: Wayne Dimond, KNG Eastern Regional Director of Operations; Carol Reynolds, Kent Corporation VP of Human Resources and Communications; Mike Gauss, KNG President; Governor Chris Sununu; Michael Yanski, KNG Bow Plant Manager; Shawn Connor, KNG Quality Control Supervisor; Nick Richardson, KNG Northeast Dairy Sales Manager; Mike Higgins, KNG Bow Production Superintendent

BOW, N.H. – New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu highlighted one of the state’s great businesses with a tour of Kent Nutrition Group’s (KNG) Blue Seal manufacturing feed mill in Bow on Monday, December 9. The plant in Bow was built in 1942 and produces animal feed for its valued customers across the New England area.

The governor’s tour of the facility lasted an hour and was focused on issues facing the community and feed mill industry. Governor Sununu concentrated on commercial and public use of railroads, the dairy industry and workforce development.

“I have driven by this building since I was five years old, but have never had the opportunity to walk in, so this is great,” said Governor Sununu. “I can’t believe this whole operation runs with 12 people,” he said.  

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