Knight Material Technologies Plans to Grow at East Canton Headquarters
Manufacturer of industry-leading corrosion prevention technologies plans to invest $10.5 million in new equipment and add 45 new jobs.
Company Name: Knight Material Technologies LLC
Industry Sector: Shale Energy and Petrochemicals
Company Profile: Founded in 1910, Knight Material Technologies (KMT) designs, installs, services, and manufactures custom acid-resistant linings used in highly corrosive processes for the chemical and mining industries worldwide.
Headquartered in East Canton, Ohio, the company sells products in more than 40 countries, with sales offices in Australia and Chile and a fabrication shop in Baytown, Texas. In addition, KMT produces industry-leading ceramic packing media for chemical processes and regenerative thermal oxidation systems with customers in various industrial applications.
Type of Project: Expansion
- Jobs committed: 45
- Jobs retained: 117
Capital Investment: $10,500,000
Knight has a backlog of demand that extends over a year. Its refractory brick requires precision heat as it forms in the kiln. Each kiln has a finite amount of brick that can be made, so the company must add another kiln. In addition, the company is looking to improve its extrusion processes by adding an automated extrusion line. With these additions, the company hopes to triple its annual revenues within 2-3 years.
We appreciate the support provided by ODOD, Stark Economic Development Board, JobsOhio, and Team NEO contributing to our continued growth in Stark County.
Knight Materials CEO and President
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Ohio’s manufacturing sector employs over 600,000 skilled individuals, the third-largest manufacturing workforce in the U.S. In addition, Ohio’s integrated transportation infrastructure —recognized as one of the best in the U.S.—enables Ohio companies to reach customers and suppliers quickly and cost-effectively in-state and outside of Ohio.
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