About UsACE Products & Consulting
His experience working for companies in the United States and Europe provided Erick a close look and a deep education at the state of mergers and acquisition, rubber and silicone testing, research and development and a clear view of where the industry was heading.
ACE Brings Innovation in Technology & Services to the Rubber and Silicone Markets
ACE began at a 2000 square-foot facility in Akron, Ohio – a historic capital of the rubber industry – and quickly found many clients eager for ACE’s basic testing and research & development.
ACE quickly provided a much-needed menu of high quality products and services to the ever-changing rubber and silicone industry. Within two years, ACE expanded in a new 220,000 square-foot operation in Ravenna, Ohio. ACE evolved as a small company to a world-class laboratory operated by a talented multi-generational team of professionals.
This provided ACE with the space to grow into Erick Sharp’s vision to change the game – provide classroom learning to students and professionals in ACE’s iLearn Innovation Institute. In 2018 ACE earned ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation.
In addition to providing research and testing product developers, ACE partners with colleges and high schools to foster a passion for the industry with testing, education and hands-on lab experience.
PresidentErick received his degree in Industrial Engineering in 2003. He has also completed several polymer science and rubber formulating certifications. With ACE, Erick assisted in the launch of several new product lines in the rubber and silicone field. He has also acted as a contract technical and executive management support for many growing companies in the industry.
Laboratory ManagerDoug received a Bachelor of Science from John Carroll University prior to earning his MBA from Youngstown State in 2009. He joins the ACE team after 11 years at the DuPont Performance Materials Technical Service and Development laboratory, the last several of which he spent leading the site. During that time, he developed a passion for both customer service and new method development while maintaining an ISO/IEC 17025 accredited facility.
Vice President SalesDoug has over four decades of executive experience in business development, entrepreneurship, and investment. Doug was the co-founder of Portage Precision Polymers (P3) in 2002 and led its growth to annual sales of $30 million and overseeing 70+ employees. Upon the sale of Portage Precision Polymers, Doug continued with Hexpol Compounding for a few years and then came on staff with ACE as the Vice President of Sales and Marketing.
Quality CoordinatorJohn owned and operated of a small business before joining Dupont in 1989 where he was employed for 29 years. He began his career as a laboratory technician, where he was active in the safety and quality programs. Later becoming the site Quality Specialist and EHS lead, responsible for maintaining the laboratories’ ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation and safety program. He joined Ace Products & Consulting LLC in January, 2018 as the Quality Coordinator and Safety Director.
Administrative ManagerWendy has worked in the Accounting, Administrative and Purchasing profession for over 20 years in all different markets ex. manufacturing, medical and sales. This has helped her gain extensive knowledge in a variety of backgrounds. She worked for Doug Hartley and Erick Sharp at P3 for a little over 10 years. When P3 was bought, she was sad to leave working for a such great group of people. She was ecstatic when Erick called asking to meet to discuss an opportunity to work with them again.
Business Development Manager
Frank graduated with his Bachelors of Science in Chemistry from Kent State University in 2004. Early in his career, his work was focused on analytical chemistry until finding himself fully immersed in the rubber industry. Over the years Frank increased his responsibilities to include rubber compounding and formulations that would extend over a variety of applications, up to and including polymer mixing and processing. Currently, he is pursuing his Masters in Polymer Engineering from the University of Akron.
Our Core Values
We Do the Right Thing
We Are Responsive
Getting back to people promptly is one way we demonstrate our sensitivity to their issues and how much we care about them. Trust takes years to build, but can be lost in an instant. We earn people’s trust by demonstrating integrity in every action we take and in every decision we make.
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