About Us

Leader in product innovation. Superior customer service. Certified lean manufacturing.

KEP manufactures tubing and dip-molded products to customers’ exacting specifications and delivers a quality product, every time.

Kent Elastomer Products, Inc. (KEP), a subsidiary of Meridian Industries, Inc., was founded in 1960. We are a leading U.S. solutions provider for the global medical market, as well as dental, food and beverage, sports and recreation, laboratory, and industrial markets worldwide.

As one of the world’s largest manufacturers of precision-engineered, natural rubber latex, KEP’s nearly 6-decade success story has expanded from American-made rubber latex tubing to high-quality thermoplastic and PVC tubing, dip-molded products, and non-latex Free-Band® tourniquets. We provide prototype expertise and guidance, packaging solutions, and on-time delivery that keep a wide range of industries moving and growing.

KEP emphasizes continuous improvement, lean leadership training and communication. We stand alone as the only manufacturer of natural rubber latex tubing in the United States.

Our headquarters, latex and custom-dip operations are located in Kent, Ohio. Extrusion operations are located in Mogadore, Ohio. Assembly, quality and shipping operations are located in Winesburg, Ohio.

A Message from the President

Building upon the experience of our company and our talented team, KEP has earned our reputation as a leader in the thermoplastic, PVC and natural rubber latex tubing and dip molding industry.

Founded in 1960, we value our longstanding tradition of the highest quality and the best customer service. Our core value of continuous improvement drives us to constantly raise the bar and incrementally improve in everything we do. It is in our DNA. Continuous improvement has allowed us to keep our operations in the USA and sidestep the problems of dealing with offshore suppliers.

Whether you are a new or longtime customer, count on our team to provide you with solutions to your problems when you need it and to your complete satisfaction. That is the Kent Elastomer promise.

Bob Oborn
Kent Elastomer Products, Inc.

History of KEP

We have a proud of history of mastering the technology of our time while researching and developing the ideas of tomorrow.


Founded as Kent Latex Products, we specialized in dipped natural rubber latex tubing.


Our business grows. We open a new facility in Winesburg, Ohio.


Kent Latex is purchased by Meridian Industries of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


We expand into extrusion and the manufacturing of soft, flexible, thermoplastic tubing.


We change our name to Kent Elastomer Products, Inc. (KEP) to reflect the company’s diversity of products and services.


KEP purchases Precision Latex Inc., a company specializing in the manufacturing of dip molded products. Our capabilities expanded to meet the small to medium-run batch application requirements of customers.


KEP continues expanding our capabilities by moving our extrusion operations to a new, lean, efficient state-of-the-art facility in nearby Mogadore, Ohio.


KEP acquires the dip molded product line from Hospira, Inc., adding synthetic polyisoprene to the company’s line of non-latex materials.

Recent history

KEP strives for optimum efficiency and productivity. We receive Encouraging Environmental Excellence Silver and Gold Awards from the Ohio EPA in 2014 and 2015. Since 2006 Kent Elastomer has held over 650 lean events.

KEP Mission Statement

Our mission is to recognize and exceed the expectations of our customers by providing the highest level of quality and service. We will seek continuous improvement in everything we do. We will provide a safe workplace in an environment of open communication and teamwork. Customers, suppliers, and employees will be treated with honesty and respect.

Our success will be measured by our positive contributions to our customers, employees, shareholders, communities, and by our recognition as a leading supplier of quality elastomer products.

Meridian Industries

Meridian Industries, Inc. is a privately owned diversified company headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Founded in 1943, Meridian is comprised of five wholly owned subsidiaries operating in seven states.

Kent Elastomer Products

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Our Team

Meet the experts who make KEP industry leaders providing solutions to markets including medical, dental, food and beverage, sports/recreation, laboratory, and industrial markets worldwide.

Why KEP?

Here’s why more industries choose KEP for precision-engineered, natural rubber latex and thermoplastic tubing.

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PO Box 668
Kent, OH 44240



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