Kness Proclaims Management Transition


ALBIA, Iowa – Kness Pest Defense introduced the transition of management roles inside the firm. On July 30th, Kathy Kness-Wauson formally retired from the day-to-day operational tasks as pesident of Kness Pest Protection after main the corporate for 34 years. Efficient on that very same day, the board appointed Kness Common Supervisor, Dan Crew, to supervise the corporate’s operations. This shift represents the primary time within the firm’s 96-year historical past {that a} non-Kness member of the family has been chosen to direct Kness Pest Protection.


“This transition is a major step for the corporate shifting ahead,” mentioned Kathy Kness-Wauson. “Whereas it is a altering of the guard, per se, the corporate’s day-to-day operations will proceed being lead by somebody who holds the corporate’s Midwest values and dedication to excellence that has propelled Kness to being the trade normal in relation to pest management merchandise. And that somebody is Dan Crew.” 


Kness-Wauson will proceed to be very a lot part of the corporate, nonetheless serving as president of the corporate and its Board of Administrators. Her years of perception and expertise with the trade will present added steering as Kness Pest Protection begins its subsequent chapter. Dan Crew’s transition to his new function is predicted to be swift, as he has been concerned with overseeing day by day operations of producing whereas creating and implementing methods for rising the corporate over the past 12 months as Common Supervisor. 


“It’s a nice privilege and honor to be chosen to take up the mantle for day by day operations,” mentioned Dan Crew. “I stand dedicated to pushing the envelope of what Kness is able to producing in relation to creating top-tier pest options for all of our prospects whereas reinforcing the corporate’s welcoming tradition of compassion, motivation, and respect.”


“We’re past proud to have Dan on the staff,” continued Kness-Wauson. “His drive to offer our prospects with high-quality, pro-grade merchandise follows the identical spirited dedication instilled by our firm founder.”


Alongside together with his time at Kness Pest Protection, Crew brings 31 years of producing expertise and a contemporary eye to the pest management trade’s wants. He’s properly versed within the vital features of a profitable manufacturing enterprise. Most notably, with lean manufacturing methodology, as he’s a licensed Lean Six Sigma Inexperienced Belt skilled. Earlier than Kness, Crew’s profession in manufacturing started as a manufacturing employee and shifting his manner up from performing foreman, manufacturing scheduler, knowledge management specialist, senior web site buying agent, and at last, as a course of management technician. Kness Pest Protection is in additional than succesful palms for a powerful and affluent future within the pest management trade. 


Kathy Kness-Wauson presided over three a long time of fast firm progress and enlargement. She was a third-generation Kness member of the family tasked to run the corporate; granddaughter of Austin “Brick” Kness, inventor of the Ketch-All A number of Catch Mousetrap and founding father of Kness Manufacturing Firm. Appointed to the helm in 1986, Kness-Wauson and her staff introduced dozens of recent and progressive merchandise to the pest management markets right here within the U.S. and internationally. 


In the present day, the Kness line of pest management options consists of Professional-Ketch A number of Catch Mousetrap and Snap-E Mousetrap to the Kness Avian Away Photo voltaic-Powered Chicken Deterrent and KritterSense Distant Monitoring System. For extra details about Kness Pest Protection, go to