Animal feed group expands to support livestock customers

Animal feed manufacturer Kent Nutrition Group broke ground on a new expansion project in northwest Iowa to benefit livestock customers.

Photo by tilo | BigStockPhoto
Photo by tilo | BigStockPhoto

Kent Nutrition Group (KNG), a US-based animal feed and pet food manufacturer, broke ground on a new expansion project for their Deluxe Feeds Sheldon location on September 14, 2017. The new northwest Iowa plant will increase volume and the flexibility of the operation while providing more products and service to area swine, dairy and beef customers.

KNG’s expansion project will benefit the company’s livestock customers in the four-state area with the addition of five new pellets mills, high-efficiency packaging equipment, grain cleaning and packaging innovations, two separate processing lines and a 50,000 square-foot warehouse.

“At Kent Nutrition Group, we recognize the importance of animal agriculture to the economy in this area of the country,” said Dan Paca, general manage at Deluxe Feeds, in a press release. “With the groundbreaking of our new facility, we are sharing our vision for growth and providing our customers with the quality products and service they need to help be successful … As we move forward with this project, we greatly appreciate the support of the local community. We are excited and pleased to break ground on our new facility which will help us provide the high quality products that our customers expect,” said Paca.

The kickoff for the 20-month project was celebrated with KNG senior management and employees as well as City of Sheldon officials and Sheldon Community Development committee members and state representatives. Projected completion for the feed mill expansion is set for early winter 2019.

Another nutritional ingredient company expands in Iowa

Another animal feed manufacturer, Kemin Industries, recently opened its worldwide headquarters in Iowa. The new building, a US$30 million investment, completes a five-year, US$125.5 million overall investment in Kemin Des Moines facilities. Located in the emerging development area of the southeast corridor near downtown Des Moines, the 94,000 square foot building houses work spaces, laboratories, collaboration areas and a fitness center. 

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