Muscatine, Iowa – Mike Gauss has been named president for Kent Nutrition Group (KNG) effective January 1, 2019. John Thorpe, previous president of KNG, has been promoted to president and chief operating officer for Kent Corporation, the parent company for KNG, Grain Processing Corporation (GPC), Kent Precision Foods Group and Kent Pet Group.
“It’s an exciting time to lead KNG,” said Gauss. “We have seen significant growth under John’s leadership the past seven years which will serve as a firm foundation going forward. I look forward to working with our talented team to further accelerate our growth by creating quality products that our customers have come to expect from the Kent and Blue Seal brands.”
Gauss joined the Kent team in 2005 as a Division Engineer with Grain Processing Corporation where he held multiple operations and engineering roles before transitioning to Kent Nutrition Group in 2013. Mike was promoted to his current role as vice president of operations in 2015. Under his leadership many plant improvements and innovations have been put in place to drive efficiencies as well as quality. Additionally, he has overseen the acquisition and expansion of Deluxe Feeds.
“We have a great reputation, team, distribution network, and partners which make the future very bright for KNG,” Gauss stated.
Gauss holds a Bachelor Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Iowa State University and an MBA from St. Ambrose University. Mike and his wife Andrea have three young children and reside in Muscatine.
Kent Nutrition Group (KNG) strives to be the most trusted and pre-eminent regionally focused animal nutrition company in the United States, delivering the highest quality products based on a long-standing tradition of progressive innovation and dedication to livestock, equine and pet owners. KNG is a division of Kent Corporation, a family-owned, American company founded in 1927. KNG is represented by the Kent® brand in the Midwest and the Blue Seal® brand in the East. Kent and Blue Seal are dedicated to providing quality animal nutrition that you can trust — guaranteed.