Leader Views

Happy Retirement, Karen McRobie!

After 45 great years with KEP, we wish Karen McRobie a happy retirement! Karen worked at our Winesburg facility as our Shipping Coordinator / Administrator! While we were sad to see Karen go, we are so excited for her to enjoy this next chapter in her life. Recently,...

read more

KEP’s Key to Transformation

Nobody had more influence in changing Kent Elastomer to what we’ve become than Murray Van Epp. Murray was hired at KEP as Executive Vice President of Sales in 1988 after a career in pharmaceutical sales, then later, as VP Sales for competitor Hygenic. In 1996, he was...

read more

September Anniversaries

We have another month of team member anniversaries to bring recognition to! For the month of September, we are highlighting Karen Raber who joined the KEP team all the way back in 1978! Karen currently works as an inspector on our latex tubing line in Winesburg. This...

read more

A KEP Success Story

Renée Onesti began working with KEP in 2007 as the Manager of Plant Engineering and Maintenance and was promoted to Director in 2009 and Sr. Director in 2019. Renée has been in the manufacturing field for over 20 years and is passionate about American Manufacturing....

read more

Order Entry – Now Paperless.

KEP employees are regularly asked to participate in kaizens – a term meaning “continuous improvement.” They bring together workers from different departments with different insights and years of experience. The result is typically a solution that works for all...

read more

August Anniversaries

It is time to celebrate August anniversaries! This month we'd like to highlight Curt Dixon who 43 years ago joined the KEP team right out of high school. Beginning his career with KEP in the latex tubing dip room, he transitioned to extrusion when the company expanded...

read more

Meet Destiny Gordon

Destiny Gordon joined KEP at our Mogadore facility in 2019. She is an Assembler and Extrusion Operator. Her tasks include coiling and assembling medical tubing and clamps to be used in hospitals and other health care facilities. She enjoys coming to work each day and...

read more

Thriving for 60 Years

There has been a great shift in manufacturing since 1960 – the year Kent Elastomer Products first began to operate under the name Kent Latex Products. Since that time, many American plants have closed or moved operations offshore. Not KEP.  We have stayed, thrived,...

read more

July Anniversaries

While many of us were caring for Pet Rocks (which were all the rage 45 years ago), Darlene Hines and Shirley Shrock were making a much greater commitment – joining our KEP team! With a combined experience of over 200 years, we are so proud of Darlene, Shirley and all...

read more

Meet Cristal Westfall

For over 25 years, Cristal Westfall has been a team member at our Winesburg facility. Currently, Cristal works as an inspector in custom dipping and doubles as a line coach on our latex tubing strip line. Cristal goes above and beyond for our team. During the...

read more

June Anniversaries

Captain & Tennille was at the top of the charts and JAWS was in theaters when Karen McRobie joined the KEP team 45 years ago. While this has many of us feeling nostalgic – Karen's unwavering commitment to KEP is one thing that has never changed. Congratulations...

read more

Meet Billie Bebout

A team member at our Winesburg facility for 2 years and counting, Billie Bebout helps KEP deliver quality products as an Extrusion Assembler. Billie has always volunteered to pick up extra jobs and tasks as needed, so it was no surprise when she stepped up to report...

read more

Proactive, Not Reactive

Since this COVID-19 pandemic is something none of us have experienced in our lifetime, my initial response was concern for family, KEP employees, and the impact to our business overall. As we learned more about the virus and what we needed to do to safeguard...

read more

KEP Team Spotlight

This month we are pleased to put a well-deserved spotlight on the ENTIRE KEP team. As the world changed with a public health crisis, every single person on our team stepped in and stepped up to develop new products and solutions within nearly impossible timeframes. We...

read more

KEP Responds Successfully to COVID-19 Crisis

“All the work on leadership training, on communication training, on trust that we have worked so hard on in the last ten years was evident in this crisis.”By Bob ObornPresident, Kent Elastomer Products The Virus Hits the U.S.A. Like a lot of other people, I first...

read more

May Anniversaries

When Dorothy Stein joined KEP a stamp was $0.15, a gallon of gas was $0.86 (a penny more than a dozen eggs), and a new house was just $71,800! While a lot has changed over the years, Dorothy’s commitment to KEP and our customers has never wavered! Congratulations and...

read more

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...

read more

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...

read more

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,...

read more

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...

read more

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...

read more

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'...

read more

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...

read more

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...

read more

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....

read more

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...

read more

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...

read more

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,...

read more

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...

read more

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...

read more

Talk with KEP

We're accessible any way you want.

PO Box 668
Kent, OH 44240

800.331.4762

sales@kentelastomer.com

Contact us.

  • Looking for a custom color? Choose from the Pantone options available.
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

KEP Customized Tubing Solutions

We love a challenge.

What's yours?

Optimize efficiency?
Build a prototype?
Improve product or customer service?

Let's make it happen!