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Meet Amanda Trolio

Amanda Trolio is an employee at our Winesburg facility. Amanda started in latex tubing in August 2021 and is currently working in extrusion packaging tourniquet bands. We can count on Amanda to work hard to produce products that KEP is proud to stand behind. She is...

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Welcome, Bobby!

Bobby Dalton recently joined our Kent facility's team as National Sales Manager. In this role, Bobby will serve as a point of contact for customers, coordinate with our internal departments, help us meet goals and more. He is excited to play a pivotal role in helping...

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Congratulations, Chris!

Congratulations to Chris Rohrer on her promotion to Manager of Winesburg Operations. Chris has served in previous roles for 20+ years in Winesburg, including shipping coordinator and group leader. She is looking forward to working in the production side of things...

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Congratulations, Cheri!

Please join us in congratulating Cheri Thompson on her promotion to Director of Winesburg Operations! Cheri has held several previous roles in our facility, including Manager of Winesburg Operations, 1st shift supervisor, Administrative Assistant, general office and...

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December Anniversaries

We can't wrap up 2021 without giving a shout out to the final group of KEP team members who are celebrating anniversaries this year! Out of December's group, we have two team members who have been with us for over two decades – Carlos Johnson, a supervisor at our Kent...

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Meet Josh Harstine

Josh Harstine recently became our newest supervisor at our Winesburg facility! Before being promoted to this role, Josh worked as a line coach, backup maintenance tech and a material handler. Josh embraces the challenge of helping to lead KEP into the future and guide...

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November 2021 Anniversaries

We're so thankful for all of our hardworking team members who are celebrating anniversaries! In the spotlight this month are two team members who have been at KEP for 20+ years – Don Tomello, a tender at our Kent facility, and Gregory Graham, Director of Extrusion...

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Veterans Day 2021

This Veterans Day, KEP gave thanks to all of the veterans who have served our country as part of the armed forces. We can't talk about these honorable folks without giving a special shout out to the veterans on the KEP team!Throughout the years KEP has been proud to...

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Your Product Is Stuck on a Cargo Ship

Your product is stuck on a cargo ship while you push back yet another deadline and employees scramble to address customer complaints. If this sounds familiar, you aren’t alone. This has been the experience of companies across the globe for months as supply chain...

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Meet Mike Jones

Mike Jones, a Supervisor at our Kent facility, has been a part of the team for 12 years this month! Mike previously held roles as a custom dip and dip room operator. Mike wanted to learn both sides of our business to eventually become a supervisor – which he did! Mike...

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October 2021 Anniversaries

We're not going to let "Spooky Season" pass us by without celebrating KEP team members with October anniversaries. It would be awfully frightening to not have these awesome people on our teams! Out of this spooky great group, Brenda Carrick is celebrating 44 YEARS...

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Silicone Tubing Shortage? KEP Can Help

Silicone Tubing Shortage? KEP Can Help. Global silicone shortages have raised the price of silicone across the board. This causes major problems for companies that rely on silicone components, including food and drink companies and the medical field.  If this applies...

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Environmental Impacts in the Rubber & Elastomer Industry

Environmental Impacts in the Rubber & Elastomer Industry As a rubber manufacturer, KEP is committed to environmental sustainability. We have taken concrete steps to maintain harmony between nature and our business practices. Rubber improves lives across the globe....

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All The Places You Can Find KEP Tubing

You can expect to find Kent Elastomer Products food grade tubing in a wide variety of places where food is served, from sporting events to restaurants and cafes. KEP offers flexible tubing products for dairy and beverages in a broad array of sizes, colors, compounds,...

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A Successful Kaizen Event – for a Great Cause

KEP brought our A-team out – which has had hundreds of successful Kaizen events – to partner with a local nonprofit, the Ben Curtis Family Foundation, to reevaluate their warehouse. The goal of these Kaizen events are to identify areas of inefficiency by breaking down...

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Autumn Isn’t Complete Without KEP Anniversaries

Many highly anticipated events come in September – from the release of your favorite pumpkin spice coffee flavors to the leaves beginning to change colors. While we think those things are great, nothing tops our team member anniversaries at KEP! Out of all our...

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Meet Cheri Thompson

Cheri Thompson, a KEP team member for 35 years, currently holds a role as Manager of Winesburg Operations. Cheri works hard to coordinate team member responsibilities with our customers' requirements in order to keep our business on track – and our customers happy!...

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Meet Dylan Bowman

Dylan Bowman, an assembler at our Mogadore facility, has been a KEP team member for two years this September! Dylan is a consistent and hardworking team member whose responsibilities include assembling our custom coil products to our customers' exacting...

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August 2021 Anniversaries

As students head back to the classroom this fall, many returning to in-person learning for the first time in over a year, learning together again is a main focus. Our employees might not be in the classroom anymore – but they know a thing or two about working together...

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Meet Ana Isabel Diaz-Rangel

Ana Isabel Diaz-Rangel is approaching her one year anniversary with KEP! An assembler in our Mogadore facility, Ana's hard work and dedication to high-quality helps us exceed expectations and maintain assembly as a value-added service for our customers. Ana's advice...

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July 2021 Anniversaries

With the Summer Olympic Games kicking off this month we're already cheering on Team USA, who's been preparing for their chance at Gold and to represent our great country – but we will always celebrate the hardworking teams in our facilities, too! Two of the shining...

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June 2021 Anniversaries

We're all getting ready to see the night sky lit up with fireworks and sparklers – but at KEP, our team members are the spark that keeps our facilities shining every day! Please join us in celebrating another amazing group with anniversaries this month. Two of these...

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Meet Mizusa Hagen

Mizusa Hagen joined the KEP team 2 years ago – and we hope to keep her for many more! Mizusa works as an assembler in our Mogadore facility where her primary focus is assembling products with tight tolerances and critical surface quality requirements. Dedicated to...

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Challenges…and all the details.

Greg Graham, KEP Director of Extrusion Operations, is ALL about the details. From answering capability questions to walking customers through the manufacturing process – Greg dives into the details to determine the most efficient and time-and-money saving solutions...

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May 2021 Anniversaries

As we all celebrate spring this month, don't forget to also celebrate our team members with anniversaries! Out of this group, we would like to highlight Dorothy Stein, an assembler at our Winesburg facility who rounded out an impressive 42 years with KEP. Fun fact:...

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Meet Melanie Day

Melanie Day has been a team member at KEP for the long haul! Melanie first worked on the strip line at our Winesburg facility from 1991-2004. She then returned to KEP in 2019 and has been a line coach at Winesburg since. Melanie's daily contributions to our strip line...

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Meet Durrell Jenkins

Durrell Jenkins, a KEP team member for over 2 years, currently works as a custom dipping operator at our Kent facility. Durrell is the jack of all trades! He held a position as a dip room operator, then an extrusion operator, before assuming his current role. Durrell...

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Big Picture Accountability

Cheri Thompson, Manager of Winesburg Operations, keeps everyone on task, making sure our business runs smoothly without interruption. Cheri not only keeps our team accountable, she’s always available – and employs an open-door policy with her Winesburg team. Cheri...

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April 2021 Anniversaries

April showers bring May flowers – and a fresh batch of KEP team members celebrating anniversaries! This month we have a combined 193 years to celebrate, a HUGE number for a relatively small (but mighty) group of team members! We have two team members at our Winesburg...

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Meet Ken Jarvis

Ken Jarvis, an operator/lead person at our Kent facility, has been a KEP team member for 3 years. Ken's commitment to quality and precision is put to work as he oversees the production of natural rubber latex tubing and process changeovers to fulfill customer orders. ...

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