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April Anniversaries

KEP has another great group of team members celebrating anniversaries this month! Whether it's been over four decades of dedication, or they're rounding out their first year on our team, we are thankful for them all! Please join us in congratulating the following team...

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March Anniversaries

Whether it's been a quarter century of commitment or a great first year, we are proud all of our team members who are celebrating anniversaries this month! Please join us in congratulating the following team members: Keith Wengerd – Winesburg – 25 years on 3/6 Lisa...

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Meet Timothy Hawkins

A team member at our Mogadore facility, Timothy Hawkins works as an Assembler. His attention to detail helps ensure that we provide high quality and consistent finished products to our customers and stay on top of productivity goals.  For new employees and colleagues,...

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Revisiting Our Order Entry Process

The order entry process has been refined several times since 2006 with positive changes being made to speed up the process, eliminate waste, and improve communication between the sales and production teams. However, in our ever changing environment, we believed that...

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Just Stand There

We employ a tool in our facilities called “Stand-in-a-Circle.” During this 30 minute activity, an employee stands on a multi-colored circular rug and jots down 30 observations for improvement. By turning our team into constant observers and auditors, they are trained...

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Teamwork Is Our Business

Will you be filling out a college basketball bracket this year? As we watch our favorite teams compete for the championship title, we'll be thinking about the teamwork it takes to enable each win! At KEP, teamwork is the essence of what it takes to earn our customers'...

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Our Customers Don’t Need Luck!

A true partnership removes the need for luck. As a KEP customer, you don't need to find a lucky four-leafed clover to ensure you're getting quality solutions, high-quality processes, a commitment to lean management and more. Here's why: 1. KEP values partnership. So...

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Happy Leap Day!

February 29 is a date that occurs only every four years. It is called Leap Day. It’s a rarity – it doesn’t come around very often. We’d like to think that our own Leeper – Don Leeper, that is – is a rarity, too. Senior Vice President of Finance and Administration, Don...

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Virus Disrupts Sourcing – The Domestic Advantage

The coronavirus is just one more in a long list of global sourcing disruptions Everything from Modern Tire Dealer to the New York Times report the severe impact of the coronavirus on Chinese business retail and manufacturing – and its effect on the global economy....

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February Anniversaries

From 1 year to over three decades at KEP, we have another group of team members who we're proud of celebrating anniversaries this month! Please join us in congratulating the following team members: Cheri Thompson – Winesburg – 34 years on 2/25 Mark McCune – Kent – 30...

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Meet Michelle Walker

A team member at our Mogadore facility, Michelle Walker helps keep us on our timelines and running smoothly as Shipping Coordinator and Administrative Assistant. Prior to this position, Michelle held previous roles in Winesburg, including working in latex tubing...

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Modifying Our Assembly Process

To ensure the quality of our products and reduce the potential for particulate in the assembly room at our Mogadore facility, we put together a Kaizen team to focus on improvements related specifically to cardboard debris. In the process of making these improvements,...

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Celebrating 40+ Years at KEP

Out of our 60 years in business, we have a special group who have been with us for 40 or more of those years! Since the early days, these team members have demonstrated their continued dedication to our company and have been a vital part of our success. Thank you and...

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January Anniversaries

We're starting off 2020 with another hardworking group of KEP team members celebrating anniversaries this month! Please join us in congratulating the following team members: David Martin - Kent - 31 years on 1/9 Yolanda Brinkley - Winesburg - 27 years on 1/11 Shelly...

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Efficient and Consistent Manufacturing

During the process of manufacturing natural rubber latex tubing, numerous defects can occur. So, it's important to have an organized system for identifying and communicating defects to ensure we manufacture high-quality products efficiently and consistently. With...

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How Do We Measure Up?

Though it might be too small to see, the micro-precision of our manufacturing processes help ensure the consistency and accuracy that are vital for our customers' products. From the medical and surgical industry to food and beverage and beyond, KEP manufactures...

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Meet Ed Gordan

Ed Gordan was recently hired as a Cost Accountant at our Kent facility. Ed is excited for the opportunity to help create value for both our business and its stakeholders. With an MBA from Walsh University, Ed has previously held roles as a planning analyst and...

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Meet Lee Ann Mace

Lee Ann Mace has returned as our Administrative Assistant at our Kent facility. Lee Ann previously held this position for 10 years and “tried” retiring, but after 6 years decided it wasn’t for her! We’re glad to have her back!! “I love working with the KEP family,”...

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Meet Tammy Tomello

A recent addition to our Kent facility, Tammy Tomello is our new Order Entry/Billing Specialist. Tammy's attention to accuracy and the timely completion of her tasks will help her add value for our customers. About what excites Tammy most about her new role, she says,...

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KEP Achieved Medical Device Certification

KEP has achieved ISO 13485:2016 certification for Medical Device and Quality Management Systems. This ISO certification indicates that we meet the most current quality system requirements specific to the medical device industry. An internationally recognized quality...

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December Anniversaries

This month, we have another great group of KEP team members celebrating anniversaries. Please join us in congratulating the following team members: Carlos Johnson - Kent - 22 years on 12/15 Christine Rohrer - Winesburg - 18 years on 12/10 Mark Agee - Kent - 13 years...

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Meet Matt Life

A shift supervisor at our Kent facility, Matt Life's problem solving skills, guidance and leadership help our team be a strong asset to our customers. A KEP team member for 5 years, Matt says he's most excited about "the future of KEP and its many possibilities." When...

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Developing “Lean Line”

With our latex tubing processing area being the largest square foot department in KEP's Winesburg facility, it's important to continually assess its processes to ensure they are as lean as they can be. In a recent Kaizen, we put together a team to do just that –...

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Congrats, Joe Williamson

It is with great pleasure that we announce the promotion of Joe Williamson to Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Joe has been a part of the KEP team for almost three years. Williamson began his career at Kent Elastomer Products in 2017 as Sr. Director of Global...

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Congrats, Michael Stecyk

Michael Stecyk began his career at KEP in August of 2018. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Notre Dame and a Master of Science degree from Case Western Reserve. Michael has quickly gained knowledge of materials and processes and contributed substantially to...

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Congrats, Reneé Onesti

Reneé Onesti began her career at KEP in April, 2007. She brought a safety first mindset to KEP and spearheaded a safety program that has now become part of the culture at all facilities. She raised the bar in the maintenance department by requiring "a fix it right the...

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Congrats, Beverly Kiglics

It is with great pleasure that we announce the promotion of Beverly Kiglics to Senior Director of Quality Assurance. Beverly has been the Director of Quality Assurance since 2008 and our QA program is world class. In 2018, Beverly was asked to prepare us for ISO...

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Congrats, Teri Clark

Teri Clark has been part of the KEP team for nearly two years. She was hired as a Staff Accountant and started in the Order Entry & Billing position after Lee Morrison retired. She excelled in this position and last year took on the responsibilities of Accounts...

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November Anniversaries

In the spirit of thankfulness, we want to take the opportunity to say how much we appreciate all of our team members!! Please join us in congratulating the following team members who are celebrating anniversaries this month: Donald Tomello - Kent - 22 years on 11/17...

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Meet Kristi McNemar

Kristi McNemer serves in several roles at our Mogadore facility, including assembler, third shift trainer, and lead labor union secretary and trustee. Kristi has been an asset to our team for 5 years and counting! Kristi’s best day at work is “when everything runs...

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