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Feeling Lucky?

KEP is LUCKY to partner with many great companies and we want to say THANK YOU for choosing us to bring your products to life! From Fortune 500 companies with continued growth to new products that are beginning to take the industry by stride, we are proud...

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Susan Reinhart

Susan Reinhart has been a KEP team member since 1971 – that’s almost 50 years! As our Shipping and Operations Coordinator at our Mogadore facility, Sue helped us do it all from the early days including order entry, shipping, and receptionist duties and is proud to be...

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Santoprene Offers the Performance Industries Demand

Santoprene Offers the Performance Industries Demand Santoprene is part of the thermoplastic elastomer grouping of polymers but shares more characteristics with vulcanized rubber, or thermoplastic vulcanizates. Santoprene, sometimes called Santoprene TPV...

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We Aim to Be Perfect Partners

Cupid might not be aiming his arrow at KEP this Valentine’s Day, but we’re still looking for ways to spread the love. We aim to be perfect partners with our customers, here’s how: We build relationships and partnerships with our customers that help them...

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Contributing to Wellness: Blood Pressure Tubing

February marks American Heart Month, a great time to commit to a healthy lifestyle. Part of a healthy lifestyle includes making small changes that can lead to a lifetime of heart health, including taking measures to prevent high blood pressure. High blood pressure can...

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Meet Shirl Shrock

A hardworking team member for over four decades! Shirl Shrock has been a dedicated KEP team member for over 42 years! Shirl works in in our Winesburg facility as a Production Planner. Shirl says her best day at work is when she gets all the orders processed and all...

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TPU Meets the Manufacturing Challenges of a Fast-Changing World

TPU Meets the Challenge To meet the manufacturing challenges of a fast-changing world, thermoplastic polyurethane offers outstanding versatility that makes it an excellent material and extremely popular across a range of industries and applications. TPU is a versatile...

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The Evolution and Benefits of Neoprene

What is Neoprene? Neoprene (polychloroprene) is a family of synthetic rubbers that are produced by polymerization of chloroprene. From versatile dip-molding uses to great durability for outdoor products, neoprene offers excellent resistance and...

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The Rise in Popularity of Thermoplastic Elastomers

We’ve already discussed the properties of thermoplastic elastomers and advantages of using it as an alternative – but when did TPE materials rise to popularity, and what are some ways it’s being used?   The Evolution of TPEs The history of thermoplastic...

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Coming Soon: The New Bottom Line In Procurement Series

We Know Procurement KEP is doing a 4-part series about procurement. Be on the lookout for it later this month. The first part, “Trust and Character – The New Bottom Line in Procurement” examines cost only strategies to show how procurement is about more...

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Happy New Year From KEP

As we turn the leaf into the new year, our thoughts turn gratefully to those who have helped make our progress possible — Thank you, and best wishes for a new year of health, happiness, and prosperity. We are looking forward to what 2018 holds. At KEP we...

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Merry Christmas From KEP

We Hope Your Season is Merry & Bright This season we’re celebrating many things – The spirit of thankfulness and giving are in the air and we’re ready to enjoy festive family traditions and get-togethers with friends. As you’re busy wrapping gifts and...

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KEP Free-Band® Tourniquets Replace Latex Tourniquets

Made of non-latex material that is safe for latex sensitivities, our Free-Band® Tourniquets are the perfect replacement for latex tourniquets. Our proprietary blend of soft thermoplastics is a reliable and highly durable material – great for use in doctor...

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Dip Molding Medical Device Products

To mold products with emulsions of liquid rubber, it is necessary to complete a series of process steps to ensure proper formation, vulcanization, and finish treatment to meet the customer’s needs in the final application. We ensure dip molding rubber...

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Meet Karen McRobie

Karen McRobie has been a part of the Winesburg team since the facility opened over 42 years ago! When you visit our facility, you can be sure to find Karen at the front window where she works as our Shipping Coordinator / Administrative. Our customers and our team...

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Thankful for Our Community of Support

Thankful for Our Community of Support A big THANK YOU to our customers, employees, and our families. We are who we are and where we are because of you! Our customers have helped us grow thanks to their business and dedicated partnership. Our employees have...

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Thank You Veterans for Your Service

Thank You Veterans for Your Service Across our three facilities, our employees produce rubber latex, thermoplastic and PVC tubing, dip-molded products, and non-latex Free-Band® tourniquets – but our employees are more than just what they make. All of our...

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Meet Bonnie Estes

Bonnie Estes has been working as a lead assembler in our Mogadore facility for over 13 years! A dedicated employee, Bonnie said it’s a good feeling when she trains new employees and sees them progress to working independently thanks to her guidance. We are thankful...

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Rubber, Natural Rubber, or Natural Rubber Latex?

Every day we’re surrounded by products composed of rubber, natural rubber, and natural rubber latex. In fact, these compounds are so common that, at first glance, you may not know exactly what they are. Let's take a moment to talk about what nuances make...

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Meet Darlene Hines

KEP is lucky to count Darlene Hines as a valued 42-year employee. Her commitment to excellence has helped keep our processing and assembly facility in Winesburg, OH operating to high standards. Darlene’s great work ethic is just part of what makes her a great KEP team...

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KEP Loves Solving Customer Challenges

Need a special solution? Choose KEP for American-made rubber latex tubing, thermoplastic, PVC tubing, dip-molded products, and more. We lead the way in today’s product innovation, customer service and certified lean manufacturing. Our cross-functional...

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3 Benefits of Sourcing American-made for Your Business

Did you know KEP is the ONLY manufacturer of natural rubber latex tubing in the U.S.A.? We are one of the few companies in our industry that can proudly claim that ALL our products are still made in the United States! The Made in the U.S.A. stamp means a...

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Did You Know? Dental Edition

Did you know KEP is the leading dental tubing manufacturer in natural rubber latex and a non-latex thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) alternative? This includes fluid suction hoses and orthodontia retainer bands manufactured in every color and to every...

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Sharing Some Lean Journey Lessons

We know if a company says Lean is easy, they’re not doing it right. Lean improvements are tough and difficult to sustain, nevertheless we are dedicated to sustaining them in our facilities and always looking for new ways to improve. Under our President Bob...

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