Leader Views

We’re happy to help!

The KEP sales process usually starts with a simple question from a potential customer – “Can you help us?” And our response is “Happy to help!” From this root question, our sales and service team members take our customers down many paths to ensure we provide the...

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Best-In-Class Partners

We not only want to be great partners for our customers and suppliers, we aim to be a “best-in-class” example of partnership! “Kent Elastomer Products has been a significant customer to our business for over 30 years! Working with Kent Elastomer Products is truly a...

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Partnering with Suppliers

Just as we aim to be a great partner to our customers, we also know the importance of expanding our relationships into successful partnerships with our own suppliers. “Kent Elastomer Products has been a significant customer to our business for over 30 years! Working...

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100% American-Made

Manufacturing quality, American-made products is something we’re very proud of – and it makes us equally proud to play a role in helping our customers offer American-made products. A new customer came to us with this very goal – making their product 100%...

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November Anniversaries

As we're giving thanks this month, we can't forget about our dedicated team members who are celebrating anniversaries! We want to highlight Don Tomello, Gregory Graham, April Butcher and Carrie Ewart, who have been with us for over a decade – or two! Thank you to all...

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Improving Processes & Building Relationships

KEP’s Kaizen improvement events are an important part of our success story for many reasons. Holding hundreds of these Kaizen events over the years has not only made a positive impact on our bottom line, they have also improved the daily work of our team members and...

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Meet Kirsten Reinker

Kirsten Reinker is our newest supervisor in our Mogadore facility, with less than a year of supervising under her belt. Despite her lack of extensive experience, she is proving to be very thorough. She soaks up advice like a sponge and applies lessons learned...

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Overcoming Our Limitations

In less than ten years, from the late nineties to 2006, Kent Elastomer Products went from a small, pilot dipping operation with little room to grow, to arguably the largest batch dipping operation in the United States. Sales in this product line have multiplied...

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Spirit of Women in Business Conference Participants Since 2010

KEP’s team members are original participants in Kent State University’s Spirit of Women in Business conference. Our involvement began in 2010 when Bev Kiglics saw an announcement for the very first Spirit of Women in Business Conference. Bev invited four other women...

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Dedicated to Providing Solutions

As our customers’ needs change, we are quick to react and provide solutions. One of the ways we have recently demonstrated this commitment to customer solutions was with an immediate reaction to a customer’s request for new materials and tighter tolerances. This KEP...

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ISO Re-certification Remote Audit

CREATIVITY and FLEXIBILITY are two crucial skills needed to function during the 2020 pandemic environment, and maintaining a certified ISO-based quality system is no exception. With quarantine requirements instituted between some state-to-state travels, changing...

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October Anniversaries

It's "Spooky Season" – but one thing that has been no Trick and all Treat is our amazing team members! This October, we are shouting out Brenda Carrick who is a KEP team member who started in 1977! An Inspector in our Winesburg facility, Brenda inspects our latex...

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Meet Michael Singharath

Michael Singharath works as a tender at our Mogadore facility. A newer addition to the KEP team, rounding out 2 years in January, Michael has already made clear his dedication to keeping our operations running smoothly and is always excited when new opportunities are...

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6 Months Later – KEP Challenges & Accomplishments

6 Months Later – KEP Challenges & Accomplishments It will take time to understand the full impact of the 2020 pandemic – on our company, industry and even our families and communities. But in just six months, we already have gained perspective on KEP’s response to...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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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....

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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