Donna Kane and Mike Kane receiving the Iowa Exporter of the Year award for 1991 from Iowa Governor Terry Branstad.

Pleasant Hill, IA– April 13, 2017Robert Varnedoe, President of Kane Manufacturing, announces the passing of company founder Mike Kane.

Mike Kane, founder of Kane Manufacturing, passed away on April 11th at the age of 79. Born and raised on a farm in South Dakota, Mike was a dynamic entrepreneur who grew his business from his origins as a salesman with a small customer base in the South Dakota and Iowa livestock industry. Mike Kane founded Kane Manufacturing in 1969 and grew it into a leading national manufacturer of equipment for customers in North America and around the world.

“We here at Kane Manufacturing are all moved by Mike’s passing.” said Robert Varnedoe, President of Kane Manufacturing. “Mike Kane was larger than life, and that showed in his passion for his customers, his business and making farming easier, more efficient, and more humane.”

In 2016, Kane Manufacturing was acquired by an affiliated company of Lee Container (a leading manufacturer of plastic containers headquartered in Homerville, Georgia). After the acquisition, Lee’s president Robert Varnedoe became President of Kane Manufacturing and Mike Kane stayed with the company as a consultant. The company continues to operate under the name Kane Manufacturing and serves its customers from its headquarters in Pleasant Hill, Iowa with Kane’s experienced staff.

Funeral arrangements available at: www.ilesfuneralhomes.com/obituary/Michael-Kane/LaBelle-FL/1719967

Or you may donate online at pulmonaryfibrosis.donorpages.com/Tribute/MichaelKane/

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Kane Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Since 1969 we have developed and marketed numerous products; ranging from electric heat mats, feeding and watering equipment, and milk replacement feeders for pigs, calves, sheep and pet/reptiles.

Our goal is to provide our customers with products that add value to their operations with the use of superior materials, innovative designs and the latest technology.

Our products are energy efficient, durable and designed to improve production.

Our mission is to provide the world with quality livestock products.


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