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Kent Displays CEO Albert Green said he is bullish on the company he leads and on the Kent area too.
Speaking Thursday at Ray's Place during the Kent Area Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon, Green described the Kent area as a community with a good workforce as well as a community with much to offer its residents.
Recruited to run the company several years ago, Green has a Ph.D. in physics from Stanford and 25 patents to his name.
A spin-off from the research at the Kent State University Liquid Crystals Institute, Kent Displays has adapted liquid crystals technology to new products, the latest and most successful being the "Boogie Board," an electronic writing tablet, that is being sold throughout North America and produced in a 40,000-square-foot manufacturing center just south of the city limits in Brimfield. An expansion is underway that will enable the company to double production.
The tablet allows a person to write, draw and then erase.
The company's sales are growing rapidly and reportedly rose 40 percent in 2011 and exceeded $20 million in 2012.
Green indicated that variations of the original Boogie Board are going to be introduced. A smaller version priced at approximately $20 is coming and a more elaborate version that saves and communicates with one's computer are planned.
Kent Area Chamber Executive Director, prior to introducing Green, said the Chamber is concluding its formal membership drive for 2013 and already has added more members to the roster than the recording setting number last year.
"Last year, we ended the year with 267 members. This year we already have 269 and 38 of these are new members," she said.