Last week, J.D. Heiskell & Company announced that they had finalized the buy-out of their Gold Star Feed and Grain joint venture with the Kent Nutrition Group. Gold Star will continue operating mills located in Adams Center, N.Y.; Augusta, Maine; and Sangerfield, N.Y. Gold Star is headquartered at Adams Center.
Kent Nutrition will continue to own and operate mills at Arcade, N.Y., Richford, Vt., Bow, N.H., and Hagerstown, Md., and continue will continue to serve Kent Feed dairy customers and Blue Seal dealers out of these mills. KNG will also continue to own and operate retail stores under the Blue Seal brand, throughout the Northeast.
The change should not impact Gold Star customers, assures Andy Dugan, Gold Star general manager.
"We'll continue to adapt the way we do business around our customer's evolving needs here in the Northeast. We know that this focus is key as we strive for continued success here."
John Thorpe, president of Kent Nutrition Group, adds, "Our strategy has been and will continue to be on serving our customers and their ever-changing needs. This change doesn't alter our dedication to the region or to our valued customers. It reinforces our commitment to remain focused on what we do best, serving customers. "
J.D. Heiskell & Co. is a privately-held, professionally managed grain, commodity trading, and livestock feed manufacturing enterprise with operations across the United States. Headquartered in California, it also trades grains and commodities into Mexico, China and Pacific Rim countries.
Kent Nutrition and it's Kent's Feed Division operates throughout the Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, New York, and Northeast under the Kent and Blue Seal master brands.