GREEN, Ohio—American Kenda Rubber Industrial Co. Ltd. has christened its North American technology center in Green, a facility the top executives of parent Kenda Rubber Industrial Co. Ltd. termed essential to the firm's plans to gain original equipment supply contracts in North America.
The 50,000-sq.-ft. facility is home to 18 technicians but could house 60 to 70 in two to three years, according to Tom Williams, vice president of engineering at Kenda.
Kenda budgeted $2 million to open the facility, which sits about a mile east of the Akron-Canton Airport between Akron and Canton, Ohio, Williams said. In addition, state, county and local agencies are contributing about $1.5 million in aid and investment incentives.
Some of the incentives are tied to minimum employment, according to information released earlier this year.
Kenda expects the addition of the U.S. technology center will be instrumental in helping the Taipai, Taiwan-based company break into the OE business in North America, according to Kenda Rubber Chairman Ying-Ming Yang and Jimmy Yang, American Kenda Rubber president, speaking at a ribbon-cutting ceremony Nov. 9.