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About Keller Technologies, Inc.

About Keller Technologies, Inc.

Keller Technologies, Inc. (KTI) was founded by A. Kent Keller in 1980 as Whey Systems, Inc.  Mr. Keller’s experience with whey processing began with his university research on the fermentation of cheese whey to a “High Protein Cattle Feed Supplement”.  This research continued while he was employed by Cargill in Minneapolis, MN.

In 1976, Mr. Keller had an opportunity to serve as Production Manager for one of the first whey fractionation plants in the United States.  The plant produced whey protein concentrates and lactose.  In 1980, the owner of the plant decided to exit the food ingredient business and focus on its core chemical business.  Rather than take a transfer with the chemical company, Mr. Keller started Whey Systems, Inc. to provide consulting for the production of whey protein concentrates.

Mr. Keller quickly realized that the success of whey protein concentrates was going to require an economically viable use for the by-product, permeate.  At the time, the best use of permeate was the production of lactose.  During the 20 years Mr. Keller owned Whey Systems, Inc., he had the privilege of designing and upgrading most of the lactose systems around the world.  Mr. Keller’s systems are installed in countries such as the United States, Finland, New Zealand, Australia, India and Canada.  In subsequent years the list grew to include Chile, the United Kingdom, Brazil and Germany and currently totals over 70 lactose and permeate drying systems.

In 2000, Mr. Keller was honored with the American Dairy Products Institute’s prestigious Award of Merit for his lifetime contributions to the lactose processing industry.  In the presentation the Institute specifically referred to Mr. Keller’s worldwide reputation as “Mr. Lactose”.

Award - American Dairy Products Institute Award of Merit

Also in 2000, Mr. Keller entered into an asset purchase agreement and a 10 year exclusive consulting agreement with Relco LLC.  As a part of the agreements, the name of Mr. Keller’s company was changed from Whey Systems, Inc. to Keller Technologies, Inc.  During the term of the agreements, Mr. Keller not only assisted in the design of Relco’s lactose systems but also invented and patented a unique permeate drying system.  Eventually the permeate drying patent was sold to Relco.  In 2010, the exclusive agreement covering lactose terminated.  A supplementary agreement covering permeate drying terminated in April 2015.

Today Mr. Keller has assembled a team of highly qualified individuals and suppliers to offer KTI’s “Next Generation” lactose and permeate processing technology.

 

 

Lactose Plants using Keller Designs

1

Associated Milk Producers, Inc.

Rochester, Minnesota

2

Ault Foods, Ltd.

Victoriaville, Canada

3

Brewster Dairy

Brewster, Ohio

4

Cepham Milk Specialties Ltd

Derabassi, India

5

Dakota Country Cheese

Mandan, North Dakota

6

Dietrich Milk Products

Middlebury Center, PA

7

Dynamix Dairy Industries

Baramati, India

8

First District Association

Litchfield, Minnesota

9

Fonterra

Edendale, New Zealand

10

Fonterra

Hautapu, New Zealand

11

Fonterra

Clandeboye, New Zealand

12

Foremost Whey Products

Plover, Wisconsin

13

Foremost Whey Products (X2)

Rothchild, Wisconsin

14

Glanbia

Richfield, Idaho

15

Glanbia (X2)

Gooding, Idaho

16

Grande Cheese Company

Brownsville, Wisconsin

17

Grande Cheese Company

Friendship, Wisconsin

18

Grande Cheese Company (x3)

Juda, Wisconsin

19

Kasson Cheese Company

Brillion, Wisconsin

20

Leprino Foods Company (X2)

Lemoore, California

21

Leprino Foods Company

Roswell, New Mexico

22

Leprino Foods Company (X3)

Tracy, California

23

Leprino Foods Company

Norfolk, Nebraska

24

LeSueur Cheese Company (Davisco)

LeSueur, Minnesota

25

Lynn Proteins

Granton, Wisconsin

26

Mahaan Proteins Ltd.

Kosi Kalan, India

27

Mid-America Dairymen

Arcadia, Wisconsin

28

Mullins Whey Products

Knowlton, Wisconsin

29

Murray-Goulburn Co-operative

Cobram, Australia

30

NIRO/Protient

Juda, Wisconsin

31

Nutrifont (Carbery & BRF)

Brazil, SA

32

Swiss Valley Farms

Maquoketa, Iowa

33

Torkelson Cheese Company

Lena, Illinois

34

United Dairymen of Arizona (X2)

Tempe, Arizona

35

United Milk Tasmania

Devonport, Tasmania

36

Valio Finnish Co-op Dairies Assoc.

Joensuu, Finland

37

Valio Finnish Co-op Dairies Assoc.

Lapinlahti, Finland

38

Valio Finnish Co-op Dairies Assoc.

Toholampi, Finland

39

Valley Queen Cheese Company (X2)

Milbank, South Dakota

40

Volac

UK

41

Wapsie Valley Creamery (X2)

Independence, Iowa

42

Weyauwega Milk Products

Weyauwega, Wisconsin

43

White Clover Dairy

Kaukauna, Wisconsin

44

Wisconsin Whey

Darlington, Wisconsin

Total of 53 Lactose Plants

Permeate Drying Plants
Using Keller Patented Process

1

Fonterra

Chile, SA

2

Green Meadows Foods

Hull, Iowa

3

Lynn Protein, Inc.

Lynn, Wisconsin

4

Mullins Whey Products

Knowlton, Wisconsin

5

Proliant, Inc.

Melrose, Minnesota

6

Volac (Wanadoo)

UK

7

Agropur

Luxemburg, Wisconsin