Kevin E. Gray Named Rubber Industry Executive of the Year

Edgetech I.G. of Cambridge, Ohio, announced that its founding president Kevin E. Gray, who is chief executive officer (CEO) of Lauren International, Edgetech's parent company, has been named the Rubber and Plastics News 2006 Rubber Industry Executive of the Year. According to a column by Edward Noga, the publication's editor, Gray was an easy choice because he is a dynamic leader in the rubber industry and is notably modest about his role in running Lauren International.

"[Gray] has been a true leader in the industry and was integral to making Edgetech the technology leader that it is today," said Mike Hovan, president of Edgetech I.G. "The employees of Edgetech are very proud and would like to extend our sincere congratulations and gratitude for [Gray's] years of service and leadership."

In selecting the recipient of the Rubber Industry Executive of the Year award, Rubber and Plastics News editors listed nomination criteria, including leaders who make their company standout in the industry, achieve financial or other strategic goals and foster an effective workplace environment that gets employees involved and productive.

At only 45 years old, Gray has led an accomplished career. A loyal employee of Lauren, Gray has served the company for more than 23 years and touched almost every aspect of the company and its subsidiaries, which include Lauren Manufacturing, Edgetech I.G. Inc., Lauren Mixing LLC, Lauren AgriSystems, Lauren Composites and Lauren Dairy. Prior to his role as CEO of Lauren International, Gray served as chief operating officer and president of Lauren Manufacturing and as president of Edgetech I.G.

Regarding this accomplishment, Gray said, "This is not my award, it's an award that belongs to all employees of Lauren International. It's a wonderful honor to have my name attached to the award, but this all really speaks to the dedication of our employees and their ability to make Lauren a successful company."

Under Gray's direction, Lauren International and its subsidiaries have shifted from traditional batch-and-queue manufacturing to lean operations in the past six years, a move that has allowed the company to nearly double its revenue.

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