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Senator Chuck Grassley receives manufacturing award at Kent Corporation

Senator Chuck Grassley accepted the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence at Kent Corporation’s headquarters in Muscatine on Friday, January 18, 2013.  Presenting the award was Kent Corporation Chairman and CEO, Gage Kent.


Journal photo Kent and Grassley

Gage Kent, Chairman and CEO of Kent Corporation, (left) presents the NAM Manufacturing Legislative Excellence Award to Senator Grassley. (photo courtesy of Beth Van Zandt/Muscatine Journal)

“The officers and employees of Kent Corporation and its subsidiary, Grain Processing Corporation, thank Senator Grassley for ensuring the manufacturing voice is heard in Washington,” said Kent. “It is leaders like Senator Grassley who know manufacturers are drivers of economic growth, job creation and prosperity.”


Senator Grassley commended Kent Corporation and the City of Muscatine for their leadership in the manufacturing industry, referencing the number of international delegations that make a point to tour the city and meet with area leaders.


NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons commented “Manufacturers today compete in a global marketplace, it is critical that Washington creates policies to keep us competitive and maintain our mantle of economic leadership. Senator Grassley understands this and has consistently supported the pro-manufacturing agenda through his votes in Congress.”


Senator Grassley has been the recipient of this award every year since 1998.  After the award presentation, Senator Grassley fielded questions on a variety of topics from trade with China to GOP presidential candidates.


Kent Corporation has a rich history in the manufacturing industry as the parent company for Grain Processing Corporation (GPC); the Kent Nutrition Group (KNG); Kent Pet Group (KPG) and Kent Precision Foods. Today, Kent Corporation employs approximately 1,800 employees throughout the family of companies. The management philosophy of true commitment to quality and long-term customer satisfaction has been the key to growth and success in each company.