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A Letter From Students at Iowa State University

Student Council members stand on the steps of Curtiss Hall on Iowa State University’s central campus.

AMES, Iowa (May 15, 2019) — The following is a letter from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Student Council at Iowa State University. Kent Corporation supports the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Student Council because Kent believes in supporting the future generation of innovators, who will share Kent’s mission of helping a growing world do more.

Dear Kent Corporation,

On behalf of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Student Council at Iowa State University, I would like to thank you for your sponsorship over the 2018-2019 academic year.

It is because of your generosity that we have been able to host special events for students to learn about the purpose, passion and plethora of opportunities found in the agriculture industry. These events, including CALS Week on Campus, The Freshman/Transfer Barbecue and The National Ag Day Grill Out engaged thousands of Iowa State Students across many disciplines.

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Kent Corporation Employees Graduate from “Leadership Muscatine”

MUSCATINE, Iowa (May 7, 2019) — Kent Corporation, a worldwide leader in manufacturing corn-based products headquartered in Muscatine, Iowa recently had three employees graduate from Leadership Muscatine, a program that aims to develop tomorrow’s leaders to create a better community.

Kent Corporation covers 100 percent of the cost for its employees to participate in Leadership Muscatine. Leadership Muscatine’s Class of 2018-2019 includes Market Research Director Nathan Brewer of Kent Corporation, Department Supervisor Brian Brunson of Grain Processing Corporation (GPC) and Creative Design Coordinator Mike Shield of Kent Nutrition Group (KNG).

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Kent Corporation Achieves One Million Safe Hours at Plant in Muscatine

Brian Peters, Vice President and Plant Manager for GPC, distributes meals alongside Kevin Garrison, Safety Director for GPC. It took 565 employees working safe for nearly nine months to achieve one million safe hours worked.

MUSCATINE, Iowa (May 6, 2019) – Employees of Grain Processing Corporation (GPC) and Kent Pet Group (KPG), subsidiary companies of Kent Corporation, recently combined to achieve one million safe work hours without a workplace accident at their Muscatine manufacturing location.

For the second time in two years, Kent employees successfully reached this workplace safety milestone. To achieve this one million hours landmark, a single person would have to work a standard 40-hour work week, 52 weeks a year for more than 480 years, accident free. The team of 565 employees worked consistently safe for nearly nine months to achieve this milestone.

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Kent Corporation Receives Distinguished Iowa State University Foundation Award

Kent Corporation leadership and family stand alongside Iowa State University President Wendy Wintersteen to accept the Order of the Knoll Corporation and Foundation Award.

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.

Kent Corporation Chairman and CEO Gage Kent

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.

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Kent Corporation Hosts Youth to Spark Interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math

4th grade students in the Muscatine School District learn about STEAM at the Kent Nutrition Group (KNG) Product Development Center.

MUSCATINE, Iowa (April 30, 2019) — Kent Nutrition Group (KNG), a subsidiary of Kent Corporation, recently hosted more than fifty students at its Product Development Center in collaboration with Muscatine Community College’s STEAM into MCC program.

The program aims to get fourth graders interested in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math. With the world’s population projected to be a staggering 9.6 billion in the next 30 years, Kent Corporation is committed to creating innovative solutions for food production and providing early opportunities for younger generations to get involved in the process in fun and impactful ways.

Students ask Swine Herdsman Tyler Treimer questions about life on the farm.

“We recognize how important it is for the future generation to learn not only about the key ways livestock and corn contribute to feeding a growing world, but also that they experience how fun it is to get outside and be a kid,” said Carol Reynolds, Corporate Spokesperson for Kent Corporation. “We support the next generation of innovators and are proud to promote STEAM any way we can.

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