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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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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...

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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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