Leader Views

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 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 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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Medical & Surgical Tubing

For tubing products suppliers that serve the medical and surgical industry, partnering with a manufacturer that offers high quality products backed by thorough quality assurance practices and adheres to the different standards for medical products is essential. For...

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Polyvinyl Chloride – What it is, How it’s made

KEP offers high-quality flexible PVC tubing products. Trusted by a wide range of industries, PVC offers the performance you need for a diverse set of applications.What is PVC? Polyvinyl chloride, also known as PVC, is a durable and versatile material that’s commonly...

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Tube Assembly & More

Kent Elastomer Products offers assembly services. KEP clients value the quality of our assembly services. We not only offer a wide range of assembly services – but also practice a continuous improvement methodology to assure high quality, efficiency, and savings that...

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Team KEP Commands the Court

KEP isn't on the basketball court this season, but we are working as a team to help our customers take command of their game! Whether we're helping customers overcome product challenges or providing smart solutions that help them exceed business goals or industry...

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Best In Our Bracket

KEP isn't on the basketball court this season, but we are working as a team to help our customers take command of their game! Whether we're helping customers overcome product challenges or providing smart solutions that help them exceed business goals or industry...

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March Anniversaries

Happy St. Patrick's Day! It's no secret that our lucky charm and the key to our success is an outstanding team! This month we're celebrating the hardworking team members from each of our facilities with anniversaries! Of this group, Keith Wengerd, Director of...

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February Anniversaries

Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow earlier this month, so it looks like we're in for a longer winter. But we don't rely on groundhogs to predict the future here. We already know that our team members are dedicated to KEP for the long-haul! Join us in celebrating all of...

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Helping Families Served by RMHA

Our team at KEP recently wrapped up this year’s donation drive for the Ronald McDonald House of Akron. We raised a total of $22,056 to donate!  On January 19th, 2021, KEP team members Keith Wengerd, April Butcher, Michael Stecyk, Cheri Thompson, Beverly Kiglics,...

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Meet Shelly Lucas

Shelly Lucas has been an extrusion operator at our Mogadore facility for 10 years and has 17 years overall with the company! Shelly is always focused on doing her job with precision – making her a great source for catching any quality issues and helping us maintain...

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January Anniversaries

It's a New Year, but the dedication of our team is nothing new! Join us in celebrating the KEP team members with anniversaries this month. Of this group, David Martin, weekend shift leader at Kent, and Yolanda Brinkley, Custom Dip inspector at Winesburg, have just...

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2020 Seniority Awards

This month we want to spotlight KEP's 2020 Seniority Awards recipients! Once a team member reaches 5 years of employment with KEP, they receive an award and their choice of gift. Additional awards are given out at each 5-year increment thereafter. We are so proud to...

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What To Expect When You Partner with Kent Elastomer Products

What To Expect When You Partner with Kent Elastomer Products “Our prospective customers become interested in what we do only after they understand how much we care. Our sales and service team's mission is to show genuine care and concern for each of our customers'...

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Meet Sarah Plum

Sarah Plum has been a custom dip operator at our Kent facility for five years, after starting as an assembler at our Mogadore facility. Sarah recently finished training to run all lines in custom dip. Sarah is a hard worker who prides herself on completing her jobs...

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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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December Anniversaries

This is the Season of Giving, but our team members give KEP their 100% every season! We have another great group of KEP team members celebrating anniversaries this month. Two of these team members who have been with us the longest are Carlos Johnson, a supervisor at...

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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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