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Our Family

Kenny Nelson the son of local entrepreneur, Darrell “Tuffy” Nelson, returned to Perham after college in 1964 with a business degree, to partner in his father’s feed company, Pine Lakes Feed which later developed into the Tuffy’s Pet Food Company. “My dad, Tuffy, said, ”Let’s try pet food,” said Kenny.”

“Kenny is unique in most ways, including his drive, his compassion and most of all the way he treats people. His desire to help people is more important than his desire to do business,” Mike Holper.

Throughout its history, KLN Family Brands has been a family business. In 2005 Charlie Nelson, son of Kenny Nelson and grandson of Darrell Nelson joined the KLN Corporation to become the 3rd generation to carry on the Nelson family legacy.

Darrell "Tuffy" Nelson
Kenny Nelson
Charlie Nelson

"We are blessed to employ a lot of good people."
- Charlie Nelson


KLN employees average 20 plus years with the company.


Our Timeline

1964
Back when it all started! Creation of Tuffy's Pet Foods. Opened with 13 Employees.
The Tuffys Plant
1965
Here Kitty, Kitty! Tuffy's Pet Foods starts makin cat food.
Tuffys makes cat food
Tuffys canned food
1967
Tuffy's started producing canned food under Muggie's & Tuffy's labels
Original Barrel o Fun Plant
1973
Barrel O' Fun Snack Food Opens! 13 employees, making potato chips, popcorn & cheese snacks.
1987
Who loves candy? Kenny's Candy opened their doors.
Introducing Kennys Candy
1995
People start to take notice. KLN Enterprises was formed. Tuffy's Pet Foods became a division.
KLN was formed
Tuffys Truck
1996
Good dog! Tuffy's starts producing dog treats!
2003
Tuffy's Pet Foods Launched NutriSource - a super premium line of pet foods
Nutrisource launched
Added organic pet food
2007
Tuffy's expanded it's super premium line with organic pet food, Natural Planet Organics.

2007
We learned to speak Aussie - with the delicious Wiley Wallaby Australian Style Liquourice




2010
KLN Family Brands headquarters moved into a brand new environmentally-friendly building
Added organic pet food
Nutheads Launched
2011
Nom, nom nom.....chocolate! Nutheads Chocolate Factory opens their doors. Signature item...chocolate-covered potato chips!
New Barrel o Fun Plant
2014
Tuffy's Pet Foods celebrates 50 years!
2015
Brand new, state-of-the-art production facility for Tuffy's Pet Foods opens
Nutrisource launched
2015
Barrel O' Fun sold to Shearers Snacks
Kennys Merger
2016
Kenny's Candy merged with Nutheads
400 Lakeside Drive | Perham, MN 56573 | 218-347-0525
 
 

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