CEDAR FALLS, IOWA, U.S. — An Iowa State University board of regents committee will recommend the university’s proposed feed mill and grain science complex be named for Kent Corp., the Gazette newspaper reported
The company has given $8 million, the leading contribution, for the $21.2 million project. Kent has subsidiaries in corn wet milling, animal feed production and food manufacturing.
The committee will recommend to the full board that the complex be named the ISU Kent Corporation Feed Mill and Grain Science Complex.
The complex would include six buildings, which will house 47,000-square-feet of teaching, research and outreach facilities.
Contributions to the project also have included $4 million from the Iowa Corn Promotion Board, $2.6 million from CPM and $2 million from Sukup Manufacturing Co.
“Our business portfolio includes developing innovative, high-quality, value-added products from locally grown corn,” Gage Kent, chairman and chief executive officer of Kent, told the Gazette. “It is critical that we support Iowa State in giving students valuable real-world experiences that will benefit their future employers and industries. Our experience with Iowa State’s commitment to the Cultivation Corridor and their mission to promote and facilitate growth in agriculture and biosciences helped facilitate this gift.”
The complex will include a feed mill tower, other feed milling and mixing structures, grain storage bins, a warehouse and an educational building with classrooms.
The project, as proposed, would replace three existing feed mills characterized as “outdated and non-compliant” with safety laws, the newspaper said.