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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

Rebuilding Together and Kent Corporation

MUSCATINE, IA – June 16, 2017 – Kent Corporation partnered with Rebuilding Together on Friday, May 5, to assist a local family by roofing their house. Volunteers gathered at 8 a.m. on Wisconsin Street and made great progress on the roof and then many of the volunteers returned to the house on Sunday to finish the project. Those volunteers included approximately 20 employees from Kent Corporation.

Rebuilding Together of Muscatine County is one of the organization’s 165 affiliates across America.  Since its affiliation with the national organization in 2007, the group has completed more than 90 projects.  The group assists in rehabilitation projects for low-income homeowners in the region.  More than 600,000 people including the elderly, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and low-income families have benefitted from Rebuilding Together’s nationwide efforts.

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Kent Nutrition Group Expands Presence in Community

Muscatine, IA – May 25, 2017 – After more than three decades at 1717 Kemper Ave., the Kent Nutrition Group (KNG) Fulfillment Department is relocating to the former “True Value Building” at 1420 Park Ave. KNG, a division of Kent Corporation, has purchased the property, to be renamed the Kent Fulfillment Center, to primarily facilitate marketing fulfillment and tradeshow operations for KNG. There are no plans for retail sales in the location at this time.

 

Gage A. Kent, Chairman and CEO of Kent Corporation explained, “We are excited to have this opportunity to further support and deepen our investment in the Muscatine community. Like Muscatine itself, our companies have grown beyond their original boundaries.” Kent Corporation made its first move beyond 1600 Oregon in 2012, when it established its headquarters at 2905 Hwy 61 N. Now, the new Kent Fulfillment Center continues the company’s expansion to the north.

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PROGRESS: Export market leads to growth for Muscatine’s GPC plant

Sean Leary
For the Muscatine Journal

 

Grain Processing Corporation was founded in 1943, by S.G. Stein and G.A. Kent, both of Muscatine and is located on Oregon Street in Muscatine. GPC is a subsidiary of Kent Corporation.

 
Grain Processing Corporation (GPC) is among the Muscatine companies celebrating rapid growth due to increased customer demand worldwide for its products. The spike in activity between Iowa and the Muscatine-based company, and China, the most populous country in the world, has opened up rich revenue and business streams and led to expansion locally.

 
In 2015, GPC announced a major alcohol expansion in Muscatine that continues on track to be a boon to the area and the company, according to Janet Sichterman, Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Communications for the Kent Corporation, parent company of GPC.  Continue reading