NORTH CANTON, Ohio (June 28, 2016) — Among the reasons that American Kenda Rubber Industrial Co. Ltd. cites for opening a North American technical center, establishing credibility with potential OE customers ranks at or near the top.
That assessment comes from American Kenda President Jimmy Yang, who called the still-new tech center in North Canton “very vital to our future growth.
“Kenda has a very aggressive growth strategy, and we will continue to push our company to the next level,” he said during a recent open house at the 50,000-sq.-ft. facility.
The firm has invested about $2.5 million in outfitting the center with the necessary equipment and laboratories needed to develop tires catered to the local market. Staffing has grown by seven to 25 in the seven months since the facility opened.
Tom Williams, vice president of engineering at Kenda, said there are plans to hire at least one more person in 2016 with more jobs projected to be added beyond this year.