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Ken Rone served as Vice President - Corporate Maintenance at Ash Grove Cement Company, the nation's largest American owned cement manufacturer. Ken retired from Ash Grove after a 31 year career in 2010. Ken provided oversight and coordination of maintenance reliability initiatives at nine cement plants and one lime plant. Ash Grove underwent a ground-up re-organization of plant activities with the objective of embedding World Class maintenance practices from the plant floor to the executive offices under his leadership. Ken was relied on to impart his expertise to capital procurement, import/export, union and non-union employee relations, marine transportation, HR, employee development, regulatory compliance, succession planning, operational reliability, corporate objectives, goals, strategies and tactics, and corporate energy sustainability. In January 2011, Ken founded Refra.reSources, LLC. Refra.reSources is a technology and software development firm specializing in high-temperature process industries and offering them consulting support as well as to the manufacturing reliability community.

Areas of Expertise
  • Business Strategy & Planning
  • Intellectual Property
  • Manufacturing & Product Development
  • Business Operations

Industry Experience
  • Transportation & Warehousing
  • Manufacturing & Industrial
  • Professional & Business Services


1971 University of Washington, Bachelor of Science in Ceramic Engineering, cum laude Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honorary, Phi Eta Sigma Scholastic Honorary, 2003 Center for Creative Leadership Colorado Springs, CO.  1981  Lonestar Management Institute Cohasset, MA 

Vancouver Chapter - Certified SCORE Mentor - Ken Rone

Communication Methods

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