Founding President of Edgetech I.G. Named Rubber Industry Executive of the Year

Edgetech I.G. has announced that its founding president Kevin E. Gray has been named the Rubber & 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 Edgetech's parent company, Lauren International.

"Kevin 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, Edgetech I.G. "The employees of Edgetech are very proud and would like to extend our sincere congratulations and gratitude for Kevin's years of service and leadership."

In selecting the recipient of the Rubber Industry Executive of the Year award, Rubber & 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 45 years old, Gray is a loyal employee of Lauren, having worked for the company for more than 23 years and touched almost every aspect of the company and its subsidiaries, including Lauren Manufacturing and Edgetech IG Inc. Prior to his role as chief executive officer of Lauren International, Gray served as chief operating officer and president of Lauren Manufacturing and as president of Edgetech IG.

Regarding this accomplishment, Gray said, "This is not my award, it's an award that belongs to all employees of Lauren International," he said. "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."

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