Martin Wheel was founded in 1946 in Akron and moved to Tallmadge in the late 1950s. Kenda acquired it in 1999.
The facility was originally about 23,000 square feet, but after numerous expansions and additions, often 10,000 to 15,000 square feet at time, it grew to its current 130,000 square feet across several buildings, Ruthrauff said, making for an uncomfortable and inefficient facility.
The new building will have space for 21 dock doors, he added.
"Its close proximity to the highway will allow us to increase our volume and variety of tires and products ... (for) current customers as well as new customers."
The plant also will be built with energy efficiency and environmentally-friendly practices in mind, with features including skylight windows, solar panels and upgraded equipment, Yang said, noting that Kenda is ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) compliant.
Kenda, based in Yuanlin, Taiwan, was the 24th largest global tire maker in 2022, with tire sales of $2.6 billion, according to Tire Business' annual Global Tire Report. Its U.S. subsidiary, Kenda Tire USA, is based in Reynoldsburg, Ohio and has a research-and-develpment facility in Green, Ohio, near the Akron-Canton Airport.
Kenda plans to continue to invest in its facilities and operations, Yang said.
"Our goal is non-stop growing. Never stop growing," Yang said, pointing out that the origin of the Kenda name in Chinese is "ever growing."
"We will continue growing bigger and better," he said.