KEP Mantra: How Can We Do This Better? - Kent Elastomer Products

Many people and places have motivational phrases. Everything from “Make it happen!” to “Dare to dream” is designed to inspire hard work and success. KEP employees embrace the idea that they should never settle for good enough. Instead, they are encouraged to ask themselves, “How can we do this better?”

At KEP we know that there is always room for improvement, so we’re continually looking for ways to better streamline our processes and improve our products.

The key to our history of success and continuous improvement has always been our employees’ dedication to delivering the best possible product and service to our customers.

KEP Employees Contribute to Our Lasting Success

Since we opened our doors as Kent Latex Products in 1960, we have had a proud history of mastering the most current technology while researching and developing the ideas of tomorrow.

Our employees have been our greatest resource through the years as we met market demands and expanded from latex into extrusion and manufacturing thermoplastic tubing. By being committed to continuous Lean improvements and excellent customer service, our employees help keep us efficient for our customers.

Dedicated to the Job and Encouraged to Grow

The leadership training we have been committed to for the past several years is part of KEP’s culture of responding to that question – “How can we do this better?” Every Supervisor in the Kent and Mogadore facilities started in entry-level positions. Even our President Bob Oborn and VP of Operations John Danes started in positions on the shop floor.

KEP is committed to lifelong learning – from helping employees earn their Six Sigma black belt and training in Lean and leadership, to supporting employees’ graduate and undergraduate degrees. KEP has supported and funded many of our employees’ educations and celebrates their career advancement within the company.

Our Employees Take on Many Responsibilities

Lean improvements, Kaizen events, energy conferences, safety councils, sales training, Spirit of Women in Business and more – these are all tools we use at KEP to improve. They empower us to bring real results when asking ourselves, “How can we do this better?”

KEP knows that real accomplishments require a commitment to improving our employees’ skill sets, confidence and knowledge through training. Our culture encourages inquiry and recognizes innovative problem solutions.

KEP’s employees in all three facilities embrace diverse functions and are willing to get involved in all other areas for the betterment of the company, taking on many hats to deliver quality products and service to our customers. We are proud to have more than 40 people who have chosen to stay in our company for 25+ years! We enjoy combining the best of our “veteran” employees’ knowledge with wholly fresh views of our newcomers to help us do our jobs better.

KEP thanks all our employees for being the backbone that keeps our company running efficiently and making our customers happy since 1960.

Each part of our team plays a crucial role in our success.

This month, meet “The Voice” – KEP’s customer service team is only a call away and always delivers service you can see! 

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