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Kness Manufacturing Celebrates The Century Mark

Kness Manufacturing Celebrates The Century Mark

Albia, IA (December 5, 2023) – In 1924, a product was invented that would revolutionize the pest control industry. Austin Enos "Brick" Kness, then a janitor at an Iowa high school, created the world’s first multiple-catch mousetrap. The revolutionary product evolved into the Ketch-All® Mousetrap which was the springboard for various pest control products and inventions and the founding of Kness Manufacturing. 

Flash forward 100 years - Kness Pest Defense continues to manufacture and sell pro-grade, industry-leading pest control solutions. The longstanding company attributes its success to its far-reaching global distribution and customer network as well as the unwavering dedication of its team to provide innovative, reliable, and easy-to-use pest control products.

“Kness [Pest Defense] has come a long way over the years,” says company president Kathy Kness Wauson. “It was never an easy road either. From surviving the Great Depression to adapting to today’s modern market, I’m proud to say we’ve stood the test of time.”

Similar to the company’s longevity, Kness’ line of reusable, pro-grade products are known to be proven, durable, and produced from the highest-grade materials. Each product is thoroughly hand-tested per the company’s rigorous quality control processes. A less than 1% product return rate exemplifies Kness’ commitment to quality.

To celebrate the Albia, Iowa-based company’s century milestone, Kness has developed a unique landing page containing historical facts and content that can be viewed at Throughout 2024, the company will be promoting its rich history and success stories across all marketing touchpoints. 

“When it comes to business, 100 years is considered a long time,” said Kness General Manager Dan Crew. “We want to sincerely thank every employee, dealer, and partner who has and continues to support Kness [Manufacturing]. Kness wouldn’t be here without you.”

Those interested in Kness’ line of pest control products and pest control operators who carry Kness can find a comprehensive list on the company’s website or can reach out to Kness sales team members directly for more information.


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