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ACE Products & Consulting
After 16 years in the rubber industry as a Development Engineer, Operations and Quality Manager, and Operations Direction, Erick Sharp founded ACE Products and Consulting LLC in 2014.

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.

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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.


Erick Sharp

Erick Sharp


Erick 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.
Doug Foster

Doug Foster

Director of Operations

Doug 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.
Frank Pappas

Frank Pappas

Director of Sales and Business Development

Frank graduated with his Bachelors of Science in Chemistry from Kent State University and his Masters of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering from the University of Akron. Early in his career his work was focused on analytical chemistry before transitioning to the rubber industry. Over the years Frank has 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.

John Leonhard

John Leonhard

Quality Coordinator

John owned and operated 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.

Wendy Naugle

Wendy Naugle

Administrative Manager

Wendy 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.

Our Core Values


Integrity is not about convenience, it is an unwavering commitment to do the right thing in every circumstance–every time. We earn people’s trust by demonstrating integrity in every action we take.


We fuel each other and provide strength to those around us. We bring energy and life everywhere we go.


We take a long-term view of success; making decisions that build strong and trusting relationships.

We Do the Right Thing

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.

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.

We Have Fun

While our commitment to our mission is serious, we never fail to have fun. Having fun is the spark that ignites our passion.


We value passion, determination, perseverance, and the sense of urgency. We are inspired because we believe in what we are doing and where we are going.


We will not rest on our accomplishments, but will rather build on them in our personal and professional journey to be the best we can be and set new standards in our industry.


Everyone matters regardless of title or position. Everyone has an important role in life. We treat everyone with respect.

We Honor Our Commitments

Making a profound difference involves a complex chain of interdependent activities. People count on us and we count on each other to do our part in this chain. Honoring our commitments makes the chain unbreakable.

We Give Back

We are committed to making our surrounding communities better places in which to live and work. We demonstrate this commitment in both our money and time. There is no better way to build a community spirit than to volunteer our time and energy in service to others.

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