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ACE Laboratories

Erick Sharp founded ACE Laboratories 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 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 started as a one-man operation in Akron, Ohio in a 2000 square-foot facility. It grew quickly as ACE found client after client in need of a new laboratory that provided high-quality products and services to an ever-changing industry.

Within two years, ACE expanded and moved into a 220,000 square-foot building in Ravenna, Ohio with a talented team of professionals. The move provided ACE with the space to grow and broaden their offerings.

In 2018, ACE earned a coveted ISP/IEC 17025 accreditation, one of the most important standards for testing for laboratories around the world. Laboratories with this accreditation have proven capabilities to provide accurate, precise data and testing.

CEO and founder, Erik Sharp, has a passion for innovation and has instilled this value in his team. ACE continues to expand its capabilities and offerings, making them an industry leader.

In addition to providing research, development, and testing, ACE partners with colleges and high schools to offer an inside look at a globally renowned laboratory, hoping to bring fresh ideas to the industry.


Erick Sharp

Erick Sharp

President & CEO

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 Technical Services

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.

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.

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