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Meet Melanie Pope!

Our Queen of Quality Meet Melanie Pope, a Custom Dip Inspector who has been with KEP for 33 years! In her previous years with us, she has worked in many areas including Stripline, Bulk, and Assembly. In her current position, she spends her days closely inspecting...

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Our Spectacular Support Team

Our Spectacular Support Team Have you ever tried to call a company and spent 10 minutes trying to navigate their voice message, desperately attempting to get a hold of any real human? We’ve been there. Too many companies make it impossible to actually speak with them...

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KEP Annual Family Picnic

KEP Annual Family Picnic This month, we had our annual KEP Picnic at Clay's Park Resort! After two years of not being able to meet due to COVID-19, spending time with our employees and their families was even more special. We had caricature artists, great food, a...

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August 2022 Anniversaries

August 2022 Anniversaries As students are heading back to school, we are celebrating our loyal employees and their longevity! And while we might not be attending the first day of school anymore – the best part about our staff is that they are all lifelong learners....

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Meet Carlos Johnson!

Meet Carlos Johnson! Meet Carlos, a Midnight/Weekend Supervisor at our Kent facility! Originally starting as an Extrusion Tender in Mogadore, he worked his way up to being a supervisor! Carlos loves to see people grow in their roles at KEP, especially when they take...

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July Anniversaries 2022

Summer Celebrations There may be a lot of cookouts and vacations this month, but we’re never too busy to celebrate our team’s work anniversaries! Darlene Hines and Shirley Shrock are celebrating 47 years on our team – thank you for your dedication to this company! A...

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KEP Shipping Procedures

Streamlining KEP's Shipping Procedures At KEP, we are always focused on continuous improvement. No problem is too large for us to tackle – that’s why we have regular Kaizens! At each Kaizen, we gather team members from different departments and facilities to come...

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New Coiler Brings Big Improvements

New Coiler Brings Exciting Growth This month, our team is gearing up to commission a brand new dual spindle, automatic cut and transfer coiler (Vulcan SLC Series Coiler) which adds innovation to our extrusion department. The addition of this new technology will bring...

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Welcome Abigail Whaley

Welcome to KEP, Abigail! We are thrilled to be welcoming Abigail Whaley as a QC Chemist, in the Quality, Regulatory, and Technical Services Department! Abigail’s first day was May 23, 2022 and she is already making a positive impact on our company. Abigail graduated...

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The Sounds of Summer

Those Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer The KEP team wastes no time making the most of summer! From family reunions to adventurous road trips, we are always thrilled when a team member can take time away to rest and be with their loved ones. They always come back...

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June 2022 Anniversaries

June 2022 Anniversaries Summer is a great time to celebrate, especially if you have such an amazing team! At KEP, our team members are the spark that keeps our facilities shining every day. Please join us in celebrating another group with anniversaries this month. A...

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Meet Nick Stump!

Meet Nick Stump! Meet Nick Stump, an Extrusion Operator who has been with KEP for a little over a year! In his role, Nick controls and monitors machines that have thermoplastic materials for various industries. He gets excited when his day at work runs smoothly and...

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Successful Client Relationships

Successful Client Relationships One of our highest priorities as a company is cultivating healthy client relationships. We love celebrating success stories – times where our thriving connections have led to increased trust or business. One success story features a...

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Another Successful Kaizen

Another Successful Kaizen We recently added another successful KEP Kaizen to our books! We gathered a team of various KEP employees, all from different roles and facilities, to work together and solve a problem we’ve been having with our Line 2 Flange Dipping...

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Another Promotion Earned

Another Promotion Earned! We are excited to share that Michael Stecyk was promoted to our new Director of Quality, Regulatory and Technical Services! Michael joined Kent Elastomer Products, Inc. in 2018 as the Manager of Technical Services. He later became the...

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Meet Bryan Hastings!

Meet Bryan Hastings! Meet Kent Supervisor, Bryan Hastings! Bryan has been with KEP since 1989 and he has been a huge asset to our team ever since! A good day at work for Bryan is when everything runs smoothly: his whole team is present, there are no problems, and...

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May 2022 Anniversaries

May 2022 Anniversaries As we enjoy warmer weather and the arrival of spring, we’re also celebrating our awesome team! Out of this group, we would like to highlight Dorothy Stein, an assembler at our Winesburg facility who rounded out an impressive 43 years with KEP....

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Introducing New KEP Videos

KEP Introduces New Corporate and Product Line Videos Thanks to our new corporate and product line videos, we are bringing the heart and soul of KEP to you! Over the years, we’ve noticed that our clients truly witness the value of KEP when they visit our facilities...

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Meet John Wait

Meet John Wait! Meet John Wait, a Utility Operator at our Kent Facility who started with KEP in 2017! John is an efficient, hard worker who thrives when he is learning new things. He loves that in this role, he gets to do something different every day, changing up his...

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Direct, Fair, and Loyal

Direct, Loyal, and Fair It’s always easy for us to brag about our team, but it means even more when we get positive feedback from our customers! Check out what Matthew P., Senior Account Manager at a Polymer Services Company shared about his experience with KEP! “KEP...

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Anniversaries in Bloom

Anniversaries in Bloom April means sunshine, rain, and a fresh batch of KEP team members celebrating anniversaries! This month we have a combined 159 years to celebrate – we are so proud. Theresa from our Wineburg facility is celebrating 32 years while Cristal and...

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Solving a Tricky Tubing Challenge

Solving a Tricky Tubing Challenge Sometimes the common solution isn’t the solution our customer needs. Many times, the solution they are looking for doesn’t exist… yet. That’s where our team of problem-solvers come in! A KEP customer in the food and beverage industry...

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Supplier Partnership

Supplier Partnership At KEP, one of our biggest values is proactive partnerships. We care deeply about the relationships we maintain with other companies, always doing our part to maintain open, honest communication and integrity in our valued work. It’s like that...

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5-Star Customer Review

5-Star Customer Review We consider every partnership an opportunity to connect with another business, helping them grow and thrive. One of the best ways to maintain healthy partnerships is to remind others that we are always available to chat. Whether it’s about their...

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Meet Mike James!

Meet Mike James! Meet Mike James, a long-time team member and Custom Dip Operator at our Kent Facility! Mike is a hard worker who thrives on efficiency and teamwork. He loves that in this role, he is learning new things every day – it’s always something different! For...

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Lucky to Have Them

March 2022 Anniversaries This month, we’re taking a second to brag about our lucky charm and the key to our success – our exceptional team! For March, we're celebrating the hardworking team members from each of our facilities with anniversaries! Of this group, Lisa...

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Meet Luis Perez!

Meet Luis Perez, an Operator/Tender that joined our Mogadore facility within the past year! Luis’s favorite part about KEP is that every day he is able to work with his team to achieve a common goal. He truly is all about teamwork and creating a positive work...

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February Anniversaries

February 2022 Anniversaries This month we are celebrating 9 employee anniversaries! Our team is full of love and gratitude as we consider their commitment to making KEP a positive place to work. Of this group, Cheri Thompson is passing three and a half decades at KEP!...

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A Match Made at KEP

A Match Made at KEP Some call it a match made in heaven – we call it a match made at KEP! It's not unheard of for our employees to find their life-long career AND spouse when they begin working here! With the festivity of Valentine's Day, we thought we'd take a moment...

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Proud to Support the Growth & Expansion of Local Non-Profit

Proud to Support the Growth & Expansion of Local Non-Profit While it's usually our customers and KEP who benefit from our regular Kaizen events, one of these continuous improvement events that we recently participated in looked a bit different. We actually had the...

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