Taking a sustainable approach to manufacturing

Published on Monday, 25 June 2018 19:06
Written by Karla Santos


NEWINGTON – Kenai Sports of Newington recycled more than 40,000 pounds of textile waste this year alone.

The goal of Phil Tepfer, and Charles Bogoian, owners of Kenai Sports, is to do contract work with the state police and the correctional departments to make their outwear and uniforms.

The sportswear company started in November of 2011 in the incubator program of Central Connecticut State University’s Institute of Technology and Business Development (ITBD).

“They were one of our successful business incubators,” Richard Mullins, executive assistant to the CCSU President, said. “Charles and his business partner participated in our five year Life Cycle program. They attended the instructional programs offered in the program. They kept us well aware of the company’s growth and development. They received recognition from the regional business organizations like the Metro Hart Alliance and others. They did an excellent job defining their market and delivering quality products and services. We are very pleased with their success and transformation.”

Bogoian told The Herald that the business experience he received at CCSU was well worth it.

“The incubator program provided many resources in addition to the physical office space that were incredibly valuable to us as a young company,” Bogoian said. “The quarterly incubator meetings featuring experts on topical subjects to any startup business, as well as networking and referral opportunities stick out to me as unique benefits we wouldn’t have otherwise received.”

Kenai Sports manufactures their clothing items out of recycled materials.

“Every day, we take tons of plastic bottles, cell phone cases, keyboards, and organic waste like coconut shells, corn husks, soybean shells, and more, and turn it into the world’s best sportswear, here in North America - building jobs, supporting a weak economy, and strengthening our future,” Tepfer and Bogoian said.

One of Kenai Sports’ main customers is Babson College. The company manufactured the school’s sports uniforms.

Kenai Sports is a sustainability centered company. Their products are 100 percent recycled content, and the company only handles contract work, Bogoian said.

“It’s lean inventory from our process we are not wasting anything, so we are about as sustainable and efficient as we can,” Bogoian said.

In addition, the company owners have been recognized for their efforts to make a more sustainable environment.

To learn more about Kenai Sports visit their website at http://www.kenaisports.com/ or call 1.617.651.0697.

Karla Santos can be reached at 860-801-5079.



Posted in New Britain Herald, Newington on Monday, 25 June 2018 19:06. Updated: Tuesday, 26 June 2018 12:25.