KLN Al Carlson

KLN Family Brands, parent company of Tuffy’s Pet Foods, has named Al Carlson as the company’s new vice president of human resources, talent management and leadership development. As such, Carlson will lead KLN Family Brands commitment to attract, recruit, engage, and retain high character and talented employees.

“KLN Family Brands is committed to a culture and environment that our employees love,” said Charlie Nelson, president and CEO of the Perham, Minn.-based company. “That starts with hiring the right people and taking care of them with good pay, benefits, flexibility, education and opportunities to advance. We have a great story to tell, and Al will help us make sure we’re doing all we can to attract, retain and develop talent.”

Carlson joins KLN Family Brands from BTD Manufacturing in Detroit Lakes, Minn. In that role, Carlson oversaw talent management and leadership as well as recruitment, safety, employee relations, compliance, compensation and benefits. Prior to his position with BTD, Carlson was with Pella Corp. for 26 years. His last position at Pella was senior manager of leadership and organizational development where he was responsible for the development of more than 8,000 employees.