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Kent Elastomer Products, Inc. (KEP), a subsidiary of Meridian Industries, Inc., was founded in 1960 and is a leading U.S. solutions provider for the global medical market, as well as dental, food and beverage, sports/recreation, laboratory, and industrial markets worldwide.
KEP is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of precision-engineered, natural rubber latex and thermoplastic tubing. The company 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 operation are located in Winesburg, Ohio.
A message from the president
Building upon the experience of our company and our talented team, KEP has earned a proud place as a leading producer of thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) and natural rubber latex products.
Founded in 1960, we value our longstanding tradition of service and quality and are proud of the fact that we are one of the few companies in our industry that can claim all our high-quality, innovative products are made in the heartland of the United States.
Whether you are a new or longtime customer, count on our team giving 100% to providing you with efficiency, innovation and creativity in our solution for you.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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