Why Kent Valley

Kent Valley is the Seattle Metro’s premier manufacturing hub with more than 10,000 businesses and 49,000 manufacturing jobs–22,000 of which are careers in the aero/outerspace industry.

Quick Facts

Kent Valley is home to 19% of Washington state’s employment in Global Trade and Supply Chain Management fields.

Workforce: 49,000 manufacturing employees with 60% in the advanced high-tech sectors; 22,000 in aero/outerspace industries. 56,000+ employees hold a bachelor’s or advanced degree.

Median Home price: $348,138 compared to King County ($670k)

Over 125 million SF of commercial and industrial property for rent. That’s more than 1/3 of the industrial property in the Puget Sound region.

Kent Valley in Pictures

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Blue Origin, Kent WA
Blue Origin opens its new research and development building and headquarters in Kent, Washington
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Kent Valley Strengths

Specialized Workforce

Kent Valley’s workforce brings advanced technical skill sets for high demand jobs across the aerospace, manufacturing and distribution industries.

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Conveniently Accessible Location

Close proximity to major city hubs, airports and transportation make Kent Valley a growing destination for people and companies in the Pacific Northwest.

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Advanced Manufacturing Expertise

Pioneering industrial technologies, cutting-edge hardware and advanced manufacturing practices are the foundation of Kent Valley’s leadership as a manufacturing hub.

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In Good Company

Economic Impact

For decades, Kent Valley has created manufacturing jobs and increased economic impact in the region. See below to learn more about Kent Valley’s driving influence across multiple industries.

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Fun Fact:

Harvey’s Skin Diving of Kent, Washington is one of the oldest wetsuit manufacturers in the United States. For over 50 years, Harvey’s has maintained its reputation as the finest manufacturer of American made wet and dry suits.

Kent Valley is home to the original Starbucks coffee roasting plant – one of only five in the world.

From the Lunar Rovers developed at Boeing’s Space Center to the creation of next-generation rockets at Blue Origin, brilliant scientists and engineers are building the world’s most advanced vehicles in Kent Valley.

Accesso ShoWare Center in Kent, Washington is North America’s first sports and entertainment facility to be certified LEED Gold (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Nonprofit FIRST Washington in Kent inspires kids in the sport of science, technology, and teamwork! Using competitive robotics, kids experience the thrill and excitement of playing a sport, while developing skills needed to become part of our future workforce.

Kent Valley is home to one of three national offices of the Robbins Company. This “underground rock star” built the tunnel boring machines used in the construction of the English Channel Tunnel, a 31-mile undersea tunnel linking Great Britain to France.

Kent’s Lake Fenwick is the namesake for Fenwick Fishing Rods where in 1952, a group of five avid fly fishermen formed a fishing rod company in their friends’ unused garage. Today, these sought-after Fenwick rods are known as “the most thought-out fishing rods in the world.”

Qi2 of Kent, Washington is the third generation of one of the world’s most influential innovators in industrial tool development. Founded in 1970 as Flow Research, the company is the source for invention of commercialized wind power and water jet cutting technology.

Even before Neil Armstrong, Hexcel materials made the first footprints on the moon. The foot-pads on the Apollo 11 Lunar Module were made of a crushable honeycomb foil made by Hexcel in Kent, Washington.

Kent Valley is home to Oberto, the nation’s leading all natural jerkey brand, who for over 100 years has made delicious and healthy protein-packed snacks.

Carlisle Interconnect Technologies makes cabling and connectors to power everything from in-flight entertainment systems and aircraft instrument panels to satellites circling the earth in orbit.

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