Kness turns 100 in 2024


December 6, 2023

Kness Kness Pest Defense, based in Albia, Iowa, celebrates 100 years of business in 2024.

In 1924, Austin Enos “Brick” Kness, then a janitor at an Iowa high school, created the world’s first multiple-catch mousetrap. The 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, and Kness Pest Defense continues to manufacture and sell professional-grade, industry-leading pest control solutions. The 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 has come a long way over the years,” Kathy Kness Wauson, president of Kness and Brick’s granddaughter, said in the news release. “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, professional-grade products are known to be proven, durable, and produced from high-grade materials. Each product is thoroughly hand-tested per the company’s rigorous quality control processes. A less-than-1-percent product return rate exemplifies Kness’ commitment to quality.

To celebrate the company’s century milestone, Kness has developed a celebratory 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,” Kness General Manager Dan Crew said in the news release. “We want to sincerely thank every employee, dealer and partner who has and continues to support us. Kness wouldn’t be here without you.”


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Ellen Wagner is a former digital editor for PMP magazine.

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