For more than six decades, Kent Elastomer Products Inc. has maintained a symbiotic relationship with its customers, changing as their needs have changed.
The $40 million firm in Kent, Ohio, does about 85 percent of its business in health care fields, mainly medical and surgical, finds itself in transition once again, this time pivoting into the thermoplastic elastomer tubing space for biopharma applications.
The new Biopharmaceutical Division will offer "cutting-edge" TPE tubing exclusively for fluid transfer applications.
"If you build it, they will come," said Joe Williamson, KEP's vice president of sales and marketing. "We have capacity in Mogadore — new capacity to add ultrasonic welding, co-extrusion lines — but overall we were running out of room. We are investing in technology as our customers continue to innovate. We are taking on more of a partnership approach.