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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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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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Bet You Didn’t Know We’re Out Back in the Barn!

Did you know our products have a great reputation—even out in the barn? KEP manufactures extra strength loops that come with castration and horn removal kits. Our tubing is used in a product which is recommended by veterinarians, cattle producers, and...

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Meet Curt Dixon

What better occasion than Labor Day to say how proud we are to have talented, hard-working team members like Curt Dixon. Born and raised in Kent, Ohio, Curt graduated from Kent Roosevelt High School in 1977 and was hired that same year. Curt carries with him an...

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The Cost of Cheap

Cheaper is always better – till something goes wrong. And something always seems to go wrong. There is a growing movement in the global economy to look at the big picture of a transaction to see its value. Cheaper can mean lower quality. That gets very costly when you...

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Kent Elastomer Products Achieves SQF Certification

May 2014 Kent Elastomer Products has met the requirements of SQF Code Edition 7.1 for Level 1:  Food Safety Fundamentals at its Mogadore, Ohio location.  The SQF Code is a process and product certification standard.  It is a Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points...

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Kent Elastomer Honored for Sustainability Efforts

October 2013 Kent Elastomer Products’ extrusion facility in Mogadore, Ohio, has been honored as a Summit of Sustainability award-winner for 2013. Awards are given in conjunction with the City of Akron, Summit County, Keep Akron Beautiful, Greater Akron Chamber and...

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Crimped Tubing for Food & Beverage Industry Now Available

March 2013 New option for food and beverage dispensers from the tubing industry leader Kent Elastomer Products (KEP) - the people who make products that impact people - have done it again. The company is announcing its new line of crimped tubing for the food and...

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