GREEN, Ohio—American Kenda Rubber Industrial Co. Ltd. has set high goals for itself in North America, and in just seven months its technical center has grown.
The firm has invested about $2.5 million in populating the center with the necessary equipment and laboratories needed to develop tires catered to the local market. It also has grown in employment, adding seven jobs since its opening to bring its total headcount to 25.
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.
“The tech center is very vital to our future growth,” said American Kenda President James (Jimmy) Yang, who along with Williams spoke to reporters after an open house at the center on June 20. “Kenda has a very aggressive growth strategy, and we will continue to push our company to the next level.”