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November 2017

September 2017

Richard H. Currie Appointed President of Cole Kepro International, LLC


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:            Frederick A. Cook Jr.

Company:         Cole Kepro International, LLC

Phone:              702-633-4270

Web Site:          www.colekepro.com

E-Mail:              fred@colekepro.com

Richard H. Currie Appointed as President of Cole Kepro International effective 11 September 2017

 

North Las Vegas, NV – 11 September 2017:  Mr. Currie is a highly experienced senior executive with 30 years’ experience in the electronic entertainment sector, with 20 of those years in regulated gaming.  His experience spans gaming machine design and manufacture, as well as the design and manufacture of peripheral gaming equipment.  Mr. Currie was the founding president of WMS Gaming, held senior executive positions with Coin Mechanisms and Game Mechanisms, and was the president of Elite Gaming Technologies.  Mr. Currie received his MBA in International Business from Roosevelt University in Chicago, IL; and also retired as a Major from the US Army Reserve where he held command and staff positions in two Special Forces Groups.

Mr. Currie commented:  “CKI is a company with a superior reputation, earned over many years of leadership in the design and manufacture of gaming cabinets.  I am excited to join such a well-established organization.  There is significant growth potential for CKI in the Gaming sector, as well as other market categories. I am looking forward to the opportunity to meet the needs of our current customers and well as earning the business of new customers”

In the newly created position of President, Mr. Currie will report directly to Frederick A. Cook Jr, the Chief Executive Officer of Cole Kepro International, and will join the company’s management committee.

Mr. Cook stated: “Richard brings not only superior executive management skills and experience to CKI, but also leadership and mentoring ability that will complement the fine team we have assembled.  Richard has a proven record of achieving exponential growth with all of his previous companies and we expect that same record of successful growth to be achieved at CKI.  In addition, Richard has a well-earned reputation for integrity which has earned him the respect of his peers in the Gaming community.”

ABOUT COLE KEPRO INTERNATIONAL, LLC. – Cole Kepro International, LLC is a North Las Vegas-based designer, developer and manufacturer of high performance slot machine cabinets, kiosks, and other metal fabricated products and associated peripherals. With manufacturing facilities in North Las Vegas, Texas, Taiwan, and Mexico, CKI offers a full range of services to all its customers with an emphasis on quality and value. Cole Kepro International is the industry leader in gaming cabinets.

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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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