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 employees are proud to give back to the community, but we’re especially proud of a few on our team who have served our country in the military and continue to show that same dedication and leadership in their roles here at KEP.
So this Veterans Day, KEP wants to thank all of our veterans and would like to give a special shout out to the veterans that are part of our KEP team.
Throughout the years KEP has been proud to employ veterans. One of our veterans, Mark McCune, has been working with us since 1990 as a compounder.
After Mark served in conjunction with NATO in the Arabian Peninsula, he joined the Army reserves and during this time was hired at our Kent facility. In 1990 Mark’s unit was called to serve and he was placed in action during the Iraq invasion of Kuwait. After a year of serving, Mark was welcomed back to his job at Kent. He’s been with us ever since – Thank you for your service and your commitment to KEP, Mark!
John Bragg works as a Shift Supervisor in our Mogadore facility – and has been a KEP employee for over 29 years!
A veteran of the Ohio Army National Guard, John served from 1985-1993 as part of I-Troop, 3rd Squadron, 107th Cavalry Regiment stationed in Stow, Ohio. John’s rank was Specialist 4th Class but he was also acting Communications Chief. When John isn’t helping to ensure our operations are running smoothly, John enjoys spending time with his family. We’re lucky to have you on our team, John, and we thank you for your service!
On our team since 2015, Leo Maxfield performs Electrical Maintenance in our Kent facility.
Leo is a veteran of the US Army who served from July 1986 to July 1989, stationed at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Maryland. Specialist 4th Class, Leo served as a US Army Medic – Now he dedicates his time to being a great KEP team member and a proud husband, father of five and first-time Grandpa. Thank you for your time and your service!
Another veteran employee, Jeremy Hosey, is an Army veteran who started working this year as a custom dipping operator in our Kent facility, where we specialize in on-site dip molding and dipped natural rubber latex tubing.
Jeremy was in the Army stationed at Fort Wainwright, Alaska for 3 1/2 years. He was in the infantry as a Specialist, E-4 and ended his obligation in May 2016. We’re glad to have you, Jeremy!
Even our President, Bob Oborn, is a veteran. Bob is known as KEP’s “history” expert – helping to assure our long tradition of excellence is passed down to employees and customers.
Bob doesn’t often talk about his own history though. Serving in the United States Army Military Police Corps from 1976-1979, Bob was stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky and in Wildflecken, West Germany. Bob joined the KEP team a few years after completing his service, in 1981. Thank you for your service to our country, and for continuing to make KEP a great place to work!
These employees show their dedication to KEP on a daily basis, and we’re so glad to have them! We should take the time to say this more often, but we are very thankful for their efforts to protect our freedom, and for choosing KEP as the company to grow their career after serving this great country.
The unwavering dedication soldiers give to protecting our country is nothing short of remarkable. Thank you to all our veterans, past and present, and the spouses, mothers, fathers, and children that support and remember them every day.
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