News

May 2016

Patrick J. Nohr expands role at Cole Kepro International as Corporate Vice President of Engineering – May 1, 2016

North Las Vegas, NV, May 1, 2016:  Patrick Nohr has expanded his role at Cole Kepro International (CKI) after joining the senior management team of American Locker (AL) as its Vice President of Engineering back in February of 2016.  Mr. Nohr now has responsibility over all of CKI engineering throughout the design and build process to include slot products.  This responsibility also includes focusing on understanding and providing solutions for our customers’ needs and working closely with the sales and customer satisfaction groups to insure world class products meet or exceed our customer’s needs, wants and expectations.  Patrick will now lead not only AL’s next generation locker introductions as well as ensuring our internal engineering processes lead to ever increasing company productivity but also slot product innovation as we partner with our valued long term customers.  Pat has proven success in high-volume design for consumer products.  A former NCAA Division I athlete who knows the meaning of teamwork, integrity, dedication, perseverance, and self-improvement. Pat is a proven leader with a passion for innovative uncompromising mechanical design. 

“Our company has a great history, is financially and operationally strong, and is positioned for sustained growth. The addition of Pat in February has led to an outstanding improvement in effective productivity at AL and now he will continue that progress while overseeing our slot development.  He confirmed what we expected upon his joining; he has a knack to create a quality engineering design,  relate directly with customers and provide engineering leadership.” said Frederick Cook, Chief Executive Officer of CKI and AL.

Mr. Nohr will continue to report directly to Mr. Cook and will join the company’s management committee.  All slot, kiosk, electronic locker, keyed locker, mailbox and postal service engineering management functions will report to Patrick.

Mr. Nohr is a Mechanical Engineer with a degree from the University of Nevada Reno.

Pat’s background includes holding leadership positions in research and development, design for manufacturability, new product introduction, vendor certification and selection, engineering management,  gaming and kiosk design.  Prior to CKI he was Lead Engineer for Innovation Group – New Products and Technologies at International Gaming Technologies (IGT) a fortune 500 company. 

 

ABOUT COLE KEPRO INTERNATIONAL, LLC. – Cole Kepro International, LLC is the parent company of CKI Gaming, a North Las Vegas and Taiwan based designer, developer and manufacturer of high performance slot machines and associated peripherals and American Locker, LLC of Coppell, Texas.  Cole Kepro International, LLC is an industry leader in gaming cabinets.  Our facilities are state of the art offering design, fabrication and assembly services.  As the foundation of our company, each person brings with them their unique talents and insight that make us what we are today.  www.colekepro.com

ABOUT AMERICAN LOCKER, LLC, dba, American Locker.  A leading manufacturer of secure storage, distribution and inventory management solutions, American Locker is regarded as a direct supplier that its security-conscious customers cannot live without. The Company leverages over 80 years of industry expertise to help organizations increase efficiency, mitigate risk, grow revenue and meet service needs. Proprietary offerings range from classic coin/token-operated security lockers and employee/personal lockers to keyless and computer/electronic-controlled systems, all fully assembled.

American Locker provides expert consultation via experienced staff and is the only locker company that manufactures and controls its own distribution of non-duplicative 16 million Keys/Locks/Cylinders as well as Keyless Systems. Above all, Company products are easy to use, install and manage, available in numerous colors, and designed from weather-resistant materials (stainless, aluminum, plastic or painted steel) for heavy indoor and outdoor usage.

Beyond its iconic orange key, Ambassador and Statesman locker systems and SECURITY LOCKERS, the Company has STACKABLE LAPTOP LOCKERS for securing and recharging mobile devices, for inventory management, KEYLESS MINI-CHECK® Express lockers for items such as cell phones, and ALL-WELDED ENVOY Employee lockers. For a comprehensive search of American Locker solutions, please see the PRODUCT FINDER section.  www.americanlocker.com

 For more information, contact Frederick A. Cook, Jr, Chief Executive Officer.

 

October 2015

September 2015

Cole Kepro International, LLC reorganizes Quality Department, hires Rick Vargeson as Quality Manager

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:              Chris Colwell – Senior Vice President

Company:           Cole Kepro International, LLC

Phone:                 702-633-4270

Web Site:            www.colekepro.com

E-Mail:  chris@colekepro.com

 

Cole Kepro International, LLC reorganizes Quality Department, hires Rick Vargeson as Quality Manager.

 

Cole Kepro has reorganized its Quality Department to better meet the needs of its customers. The Quality organization previously was structured within the Operations division, and created an unnecessary separation from Sales, the department closest to the customer for feedback and expectations. Therefore, the Quality Department is now reporting to Sales, led by Chris Colwell.

 

“This is an necessary move for our business as it continues to expand and introduce many new product lines for customers Cole did not have several years ago. It is essential to ensure the customer’s needs, wants, and expectations are met, so aligning Quality with the customer makes sense internally at this juncture. Let me be clear, that Quality has always been essential, but this subtle move just allows for even greater customer advocacy,” said Frederick Cook, Chief Executive Officer.

 

The department shift also brings process changes as well as new leadership. Mr. Vargeson joins the team from Norgren-Kloehn and brings over 30 years of experience in developing manufacturing and quality standards and procedures with emphasis on quality control and technical aspects of production. He has worked on all aspects of production planning and manufacturing leadership which allows for any process changes necessary to be assimilated easily. His primary tasks will be focused on material quality, handling internal and external customer quality inquiries, and maintaining internal and external quality standards, and process re-engineering.

 

Letty Ochoa, Senior Vice President of Operations for Cole Kepro commented “Mr. Vargeson is an important leader to join the Cole Kepro team. As our company has grown, we must plan accordingly, and Rick will provide the necessary leadership to ensure the diverse needs of customers are always met by setting even higher quality expectations within the plant.”

 

ABOUT COLE KEPRO INTERNATIONAL, LLC. – Cole Kepro International, LLC is a North Las Vegas and Taiwan based designer, developer and manufacturer of high quality sheet metal products including high performance slot machines, retail lockers, and multi-purpose mailboxes. Cole Kepro International, LLC is specifically an industry leader in gaming cabinets. Our facilities are state of the art offering design, fabrication and assembly services. As the foundation of our company, each person brings with them their unique talents and insight that make us what we are today.

 

For more information, contact Chris Colwell, SVP Sales.

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4170-103 Distribution Circle – North Las Vegas, NV 89030 – 702-633-4270 phone – 702-633-5088 fax

 

Cole Kepro Readies for the 2015 G2E show

Cole Kepro International will again be showcasing our products at the Global Gaming Expo, located at the Sands Convention Center September 29th thru October 1st.

We welcome you to stop by at booth 4753 to see our latest products

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March 2015

COLE KEPRO INTERNATIONAL, LLC OPENS NEW DALLAS FACILITY FOR AMERICAN LOCKER

COLE KEPRO INTERNATIONAL, LLC
OPENS NEW DALLAS FACILITY FOR AMERICAN LOCKER

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
North Las Vegas, NV – Cole Kepro International, LLC, a designer and manufacturer of highly engineered and innovative sheet metal products and gaming cabinets announced today the opening of its new Dallas based facility for conducting operations resulting from its recent acquisition of assets of American Locker Group, Inc.

This new facility located at 700 Freeport Parkway in Coppell, Texas will be the home for the American Locker fabrication and assembly sequences for locks and locking mechanisms. Comprised of 14,000 square feet of manufacturing space and managed by Dan Nohr of Cole Kepro International, this efficient lock shop will incorporate all sales and administrative support for the entire American Locker product line, as well as providing for engineering and IT support services. In total the facility employs over 30 dedicated team members in many different professional capacities.
About Cole Kepro International, LLC
Cole Kepro International, LLC is an industry leader and global supplier of fully engineered sheet metal solutions. Cole Kepro International offers turn-key results for partners requiring products as diverse as gaming cabinets, kiosks, safes, lockers, and mailboxes. Its commitment to customers ensures quality, service, and price are always the cornerstone of execution. Cole Kepro International, LLC is a partnership of Cole Industries, Inc. and Kepro International Company Ltd. of Taiwan.

About American Locker
American Locker is a leading manufacturer of secure storage, distribution and inventory management solutions. Established over 75 years ago, its proprietary offerings range from classic coin/token operated security lockers and employee/personal lockers to keyless and electronic controlled storage systems. These products provide the necessary storage capability to recreation, government, postal, and general corporate needs for day to day business operations.

Contact:
Frederick A Cook, Jr., Chief Executive Officer
Cole Kepro International, LLC
(702) 633-4270

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December 2014

Cole Kepro International, LLC acquires American Locker, LLC

COLE KEPRO INTERNATIONAL, LLC

ANNOUNCES A STRATEGIC ACQUISITION

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December, 2014

North Las Vegas, NV – Cole Kepro International, LLC (“CKI”) fully acquired the assets of Dallas-based American Locker Group, Inc. in a transaction that supports CKI’s long-term growth plan of diversifying the industries it services, while leveraging its world class operational capabilities. American Locker has been renamed CKI Locker, dba American Locker as CKI continues to grow its portfolio of business verticals becoming a multi-industry platform for sheet metal solutions.

The acquisition of American Locker, now CKI Locker, provides CKI the opportunity to expand its product line and customer base by adding a widely recognized brand of secure storage locker systems to its suite of products. CKI Locker also provides mailbox solutions to an international customer base ensuring homes, students, and offices all have their delivery needs met. Manufacture and assembly of the CKI Locker products will be conducted in the Cole Kepro facilities located in North Las Vegas, Nevada while key and lock assembly operations will be conducted at the new company facilities located in Dallas, Texas.

About Cole Kepro International, LLC

Cole Kepro International, LLC is an industry leader and global supplier of fully engineered sheet metal solutions. Cole Kepro International offers turn-key results for partners requiring products as diverse as gaming cabinets, kiosks, safes, lockers, and mailboxes. Its commitment to customers ensures quality, service, and price are always the cornerstone of execution. Cole Kepro International, LLC is a partnership of Cole Industries, Inc. and Kepro International Company Ltd. of Taiwan.

 

About American Locker

American Locker is a leading manufacturer of secure storage, distribution and inventory management solutions. Established over 75 years ago, its proprietary offerings range from classic coin/token operated security lockers and employee/personal lockers to keyless and electronic controlled storage systems. These products provide the necessary storage capability to recreation, government, postal, and general corporate needs for day to day business operations.

Contact:

Frederick A Cook, Jr., Chief Executive Officer

Cole Kepro International, LLC

(702) 633-4270

 

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April 2014

Andrew Cashin joins Cole Kepro International LLC as Chief Financial Officer in April of 2014

Andrew is responsible for the Treasury, Human Resources, Internal and External Financial Reporting and Risk Management Functions. Andrew has twenty plus years of financial and operational experience working with and managing public and private gaming corporations.    He has formerly held senior management positions at Bally Technologies, Harrah’s  Entertainment, and United Coin Machine Company.  Andrew has also been an executive in the public accounting and financial consulting business sectors.  Andrew is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.  Andrew earned his Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Florida

December 2013

Christopher Colwell joins Cole Kepro International, LLC as Senior Vice President

North Las Vegas, NV – December 1, 2013: Christopher “Chris” Colwell has joined the senior management team of Cole Kepro International, LLC as its Senior Vice President of Sales. His primary tasks will be focused on understanding and providing solutions for our customers’ needs. In addition, Chris will lead CKI’s next generation cabinet introductions as well as ensuring our internal sales processes lead to ever increasing company productivity.

“Our company has a great history, is financially and operationally strong, and we are well positioned for sustained growth. The addition of Chris, who has a proven track record of Sales and Operations Management, is another critical step in our overall strategy. I have no doubt that with Chris at the helm, our customer delivery cycle will be second to none in our industry.” said Frederick Cook, Chief Executive Officer.

In the newly created position of Senior Vice President of Sales, Mr. Colwell will report directly to Mr. Cook and will join the company’s management committee. All sales and program management functions will report to Chris.

Chris comes to CKI after holding leadership positions in gaming operations, gaming supplier, and consulting companies. Most recently he was COO for Luna Entertainment, a Detroit based gaming company. Prior to Luna, Chris held senior sales and operations roles with IGT and Bally Technologies. Chris’ Gaming Operations experience includes roles as General Manager of Greektown Casino, Chief Operating Officer for Buffalo Thunder Casino and Resort, Director of Operations of Harrah’s Kansas City, and Director Project Development for Station Casinos. He also worked with The Fine Point Group as Senior Vice President on gaming operations engagements seeking to maximize revenue optimization.

Chris served his country in the Navy having achieved a rank of Lieutenant Commander, and is a certified Naval Nuclear Engineer. He had tours of duty at the Naval Audit Service, the Aircraft Carrier USS Eisenhower, and Cruiser USS Antietam.

Chris has an undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering from Duke University and a Masters of Business Administration in Finance and Strategy from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Jim McNierney, Vice President of Engineering for Cole Kepro commented “Mr. Colwell is a welcome addition to our expanding organization, as our customer base has grown rapidly we found the need to augment our sales and strategic planning efforts with a professional of Chris’ caliber. I look forward to working with, and supporting Mr. Colwell in all his efforts.”

ABOUT COLE KEPRO INTERNATIONAL, LLC. – Cole Kepro International, LLC is a North Las Vegas and Taiwan based designer, developer and manufacturer of high performance slot machines and associated peripherals. Cole Kepro International, LLC is an industry leader in gaming cabinets. Our facilities are state of the art offering design, fabrication and assembly services. As the foundation of our company, each person brings with them their unique talents and insight that make us what we are today.

For more information, contact Frederick A. Cook, Jr, Chief Executive Officer.

June 2013

Richard Meyer joins Cole Kepro International, LLC as Materials Manager on June 17th

North Las Vegas, NV – June 1, 2013: Mr. Meyer, an experienced Materials Manager brings over 15 years of gaming experience with a strong emphasis on Global Supply Chain and Inventory Management. His primary tasks will be focused on Strategic Sourcing, Contract Negotiations and Material Planning.

“Our company has a great history, is financially and operationally strong, and we are well positioned for sustained growth. The addition of Richard, who has a proven track record in Supply Chain and Inventory Management, is another critical step in our overall strategy” said Frederick Cook, Chief Executive Officer.

Dan Nohr, Director of Manufacturing Engineering for Cole Kepro commented “Mr. Meyer is welcomed with all of us here at CKI, with his background and experience in Supply Chain Management and Inventory Control, he will surely be a valued asset that we all (CKI, client base and supplier base) will benefit from.

In the newly created position of Materials Manager, Mr. Meyer will report directly to Mr. Nohr and will join the companies management committee.

ABOUT COLE KEPRO INTERNATIONAL, LLC. – Cole Kepro International, LLC is a North Las Vegas and Taiwan based designer, developer and manufacturer of high performance slot machines and associated peripherals. Cole Kepro International, LLC is an industry leader in gaming cabinets.

Our facilities are state of the art offering design, fabrication and assembly services.

As the foundation of our company, each person brings with them their unique talents and insight that make us what we are today.

Cole Kepro International, LLC is the winner of the 2013 Frost & Sullivan Manufacturing Leadership award for Operational Excellence.

For more information, contact Keith Ewy, Vice President of Sales.

February 2013

Frost & Sullivan Announces 2013 Manufacturing Leadership 100 Award Winners

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Keith M. Ewy – Vice President of Sales

Company: Cole Kepro International, LLC

Phone: 702-633-4270

Web Site: www.colekepro.com

E-Mail: keith@colekepro.com

Cole Kepro International, LLC is the winner of the 2013 Frost & Sullivan Manufacturing Leadership
Award for Operational Excellence

It is with great pride that Cole Kepro International LLC accepts the ML 100 Operational
Excellence Award for 2013.  This particular award is presented to nominees who have refocused the
mission of there companies to included not only “Lean Manufacturing principles” but also the agility
within their industry to service a wider range of customer needs.   The implementation of cost effective
accurate manufacturing by CEO Frederick Cook has allowed CKI to reassert its position as “The
Recognized Leader in Gaming Cabinets”™.   The company’s steady growth, expanding client portfolio,
and wider product range in the past two years can be directly attributed to the adoption of these
philosophies.

The mere nomination for this award amidst the cornucopia of industry leaders recognized by
the Frost & Sullivan ML100 is in itself humbling.  To actually win validates the enormous effort put forth
daily by our team to attain and maintain excellence in the field of precision manufacturing.  Employees
who take pride in, and appreciate their vital contribution to final product is the embodiment of CKI.

ABOUT COLE KEPRO INTERNATIONAL, LLC. – Cole Kepro International, LLC is a North Las Vegas
and Taiwan based designer, developer and manufacturer of high performance slot machines and
associated peripherals. Cole Kepro International, LLC is an industry leader in gaming cabinets.

Our facilities are state of the art offering design, fabrication and assembly services.

As the foundation of our company, each person brings with them their unique talents and insight that
make us what we are today.

For more information, contact Keith Ewy, Vice President of Sales.