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Chinese tire and rubber company opening Akron research center
Mesnac says it will create more than 35 jobs by 2016
by WKSU's KABIR BHATIA


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Akron will soon be home to a new rubber and tire research center, and it’s a branch office for a Chinese company. WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports.
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Mesnac, based in Qingdao, China, is the world’s second-largest maker of equipment and software for the rubber and tire industry. Its new research center will be on Akron’s northwest side, near the Sand Run Metro Park. City of Akron spokeswoman Stephanie York says it will bring about 50 jobs to the region.

“We’ve been courting them for about eight years now; the mayor was there in 2005. We have Goodyear and Firestone, so we’re the Rubber Capital of the World. So they were very interested in coming to Akron. Especially with the University [of Akron]. We deal with polymers and things like that at the university, and they are very interested in working with [them].”

The new Mesnac facility is slated to open in December, and will be geared toward North and Latin American projects.

In August, Mesnac also bought a majority stake in North Canton-based Test Measurement Systems, which makes test equipment for the tire and auto industries.
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