Martin Wheel Breaks Ground on New Facility

Nov. 9, 2023
Martin Wheel, a Kenda Rubber Industrial Co. Ltd. company, has broken ground on a new manufacturing facility in Kent, Ohio.

The 200,000-square-foot facility will act as a manufacturing warehouse and office space for the company.

“I am very pleased to be standing here today, kicking off this major project,” says Jimmy Yang, chairman for Kenda, who presided over yesterday’s groundbreaking ceremony.

“The new facility will be very efficient because we will have manufacturing, assembly and our offices all in one space.”

The facility is scheduled to open in 2024, according to Yang.

Yang says the facility should be able to produce “at least 20,000 wheels a day.” 

Representatives for Sen. JD Vance, Rep. David Joyce and other local entities were in attendance at the groundbreaking event.

“We are very anxious and excited to move into the new facility because it is much bigger than our old ones and will let us be more efficient,” says Yang.

“We hope to continue adding more jobs until we grow too big for this location and then it will be time for phase two. We want to open another facility and continue to grow.”

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