A man of wisdom, entrepreneurial ideas, great planning skills, K.L. Francis founded KLF Nirmal Industries with the dream to see the brand as one of the leading coconut oil brands in the country. His social and harmonious nature were one of the reasons he made major contributions towards the improvement of his hometown in Kerala.
He was appointed the President of The Coconut Oil Millers Cooperative Society, established in the year 1961, which was played an integral role in the developments brought about in the field of coconut oil mining. In 1963, one of the major developments with K.L. Francis as its Founding Managing Director was the setting up of KSEL (Kerala Solvent Extractions Limited), a Public Limited Company. KSEL, a company listed at BSE with a revenue over Rs. 1000 crores annually were a phase in KLF’s journey that brought about revolution in touching new heights.
In his years of experience, he pioneered the process of obtaining fine quality coconuts from Kerala for oil extraction. Being the Founding Father of Coconut Oil extraction through expeller technology, he helped increase the production capacity exponentially. This led to a revolution where almost every miller in the region adopted his ‘expeller extraction technology’. Making Thrissur the Coconut Oil Capital of India, KLF Industries were a product of foresighted vision from a land that dwelled and excelled in everything coconuts.
He remembered his roots, was a humanitarian and had patience and perseverance- some very important qualities for an entrepreneur as successful as K.L. Francis. His ambitions drove him and the success of KLF Nirmal Industries is proof of his commitment and determination.
In 1999, KLF lost its father but he had done his work of making a space for the company in the market across India. He left behind a legacy he built on his dreams and hard work. The man who started the story of coconuts in India, brought about revolution in the way people saw and used coconuts and changed it permanently.
The legend put his foot down for what he believed in, took an ingredient as simple as a coconut and made an industry out of it.