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Kness Adds Key Team Members, Expands Capabilities

Albia, Iowa (May 5, 2017) - Kness Mfg. Co., Inc. has developed quality pest control products since the company was founded in 1924. That same dedication to producing quality, innovative products continues to this day with the recent expansion of their team and manufacturing capabilities.

The industry-leading pest control product manufacturer, which is based in Albia, IA, has brought on new team members that have helped spur increased manufacturing capabilities.

Due to the rise in customer orders and to prepare for future growth, Kness hired James Hayward as Eastern USA Retail Sales Manager and Nick Fugate as International and Midwest USA Pest Control Sales Manager in 2014 to assist with National and International customer relations. In 2016, Western USA Pest Control Sales Manager Jeff Caudill and Western USA Retail Sales Manager Misty Little were brought on to round out the Kness sales force.

In addition to bolstering their sales team, Kness recently added Scott Vestal as Plant Manager. With over 23 years of manufacturing experience, Vestal brings additional manufacturing knowledge and expertise to the growing company.

In an effort to keep up with increasing product demand, Kness recently implemented their fifth Si-150v Toyo plastic injection molding machine. The new model, which is capable of producing around 1,100 plastic assemblies on an average day, has helped increase productivity while elevating product quality. “The new equipment has provided new opportunities for Kness,” mentioned Kathy Wauson, President. “In fact, we’ve reinforced our team because of a spike in product sales.”

“Our company continues to grow and that can be attributed to our production processes and dedicated team,” said President Kathy Wauson. “We wouldn’t be where we are today without our exceptional employees who continue to raise the bar.”

Kness continues to develop new product prototypes which have been featured on television shows such as the History Channel’s ‘Modern Marvels'. Those looking to learn more about Kness products, are urged to visit its official website at or by following the company on social media.