About Us

 




 
650 E William St. Road
 Decatur, IL 62521

 
Our History  
 
Matt Kuzel founded Kurent Safety in 2000.  Prior to starting the company, Matt served in the military and held various safety director positions that led to significant decreases in accidents and injuries.  He gained perspective on the benefits of a safety culture for employees and their employers.  Workers stay safe on the job knowing they are in an environment that puts a priority on their safety, while employers avoid financial losses associated with absenteeism and workers compensation claims.
Through these experiences, Matt discovered there were plenty of businesses that simply sell equipment, but they weren't always staffed with knowledgeable people with real-life safety experience.  He started Kurent Safety to address the need for top-of-the-line supplies and people who can consult with those in the field about the best solutions for their unique challenges.  Kurent also provides contractual services to companies who don't have an in-house safety expert - all with the goal of promoting a culture of safety in the workplace.

Matt is a veteran of the U.S. Army and spent 14 years as a medic with the Illinois National Guard.  He comes from a proud military family.  His father, brother, grandparents, and extended family have either served or are serving on active duty in the military.  

In 2016, Kurent became federally certified as a Veteran Owned Small Business (VOSB), a distinction that makes us classified as a diverse supplier which offers many benefits to our customers and community.

Today, the company employs 10 full time employees and carries thousands of safety products and equipment.

We are committed to being your most trusted resource for construction and industrial tooling and safety.  

Let us know how we can help you!




                   
Matt Kuzel 
Owner / Manager
Matt started Kurent Safety back in 2000 based on his passion for people and helping them realize their purpose. He is active in his church, a former volunteer community fireman & medic the IL National Guard. He enjoys family time, SCUBA diving and just helping people.




Chris Gadberry 
Assistant Manager

Chris joined the Kurent Safety team in the spring of 2018. Serving people has always been a passion for Chris. From serving in her church & on Great Banquet teams to anywhere God calls her to serve so serving the customers, and helping to keep everyone safe alongside the Kurent Safety team has been an awesome fit for her!


Richard Simons
Purchasing & Logistics Manager

Rich joined Kurent Safety as the Purchasing Manager in February of 2019 bringing 10 + years of purchasing, warehouse and materials management experience to the team. He moved to the area from St. Louis, MO in 2018. Rich has a daughter who currently lives in Alaska doing work for the Red Cross. He enjoys playing sports, concerts, travel, adventuring and exploring the waterways and trails of Illinois in his time away from Kurent. 
 

Melodie Keown
Assistant Purchasing Manager
Melodie joined the family of Kurent Safety as Assistant Purchasing Manager in September of 2019.   She brings a vast knowledge of both manufacturing and industrial distribution from her 25 years at S&K Acquisition Corporation, dba S&K Air Power and her 15 years at U.S. Industrial Chemicals in Tuscola, IL where she worked in the purchasing department as typist, steno clerk, expediter and buyer.  She focuses on team building, vendor relationships, and customer service and has achieved positive results by maintaining strong personal and professional values.
Melodie grew up on a farm north of Atwood, IL & later settled in Charleston where she lived 39 years until she & her husband Brian relocated to Decatur, IL in October 2019.  She has 3 step children & 5 step grand children who all live in Arizona.  When she isn’t here at Kurent you’ll find her fulfilling her passions for gardening & singing Praise and Worship music all while giving God the glory for her many blessings.
 


Kevin Hohlbauch
Inside Sales Manager

Kevin came to Kurent Safety with over 20 years of experience in the industrial tool distribution field where he worked in a warehouse, as an inside salesman, an outside salesman, & operations manager.  He has been very active in the Arcola school system coaching junior high boys basketball from 2002 – 2011 at which time he took on the role of the junior high girls basketball coach until 2015 moving to coach of the high school girls basketball team.  
Kevin has been married to his high school sweetheart, Jill since 2000.  Kevin & Jill have 2 daughters (KayLee & Keira) and 1 son (Kaden) who all enjoy watching and playing a variety of sports.  Their daughters have played travel softball (along with other school sports) since they were 8 & with their son Kaden’s involvement with baseball this family tends to spend most of June and July at the ball diamonds. 
When they have free time (what’s that?? With all these sports) this active family loves spending time traveling with friends and family but their favorite place to travel to (having been 6 times since 2000) is Disney World.