About The Kent Corporation
M. A. Oztekin – Founder of Kent Corporation. He designed the first
moving conveyor or checkout counter in 1953.
M.A. Oztekin establishes Dixie Craft (now known as Madix) in Goodwater, Alabama.
The Kent Corporation was founded on January 21 by M. A. Oztekin. Originally located on First Ave South, Birmingham, Alabama
U.S. Patent applications filed on one-piece steel shelves and backpanel holder
First in the world to produce unitized one-piece adjustable steel shelves
Supermatic Development Corporation incorporated. Relocated to first three buildings at current site. Ataturk and Washington Streets and Kent Drive named. General office building dedicated to Barto Brown.
Patents issued by U.S., England, and France. Executive office building dedicated to Ahmet H. Oztekin, father of M. A. Oztekin
Integral backpanel channels formed in uprights. Products introduced to Western Europe at trade show in Vienna, Austria.
German patents granted. Products introduced to Far East at trade shows in Tokyo and Bangkok.
Nominated for Presidential “E” Award for export business. Executive dining room and plant cafeteria dedicated to V.C. McNamee.
First in world to “Electrocoat” display shelving. Building No. 7 dedicated to Ismet Inonu.
Completion of Phase XIV, expansions totaling 17 buildings on 18 acres of land.
Additional U.S., English, & French patents granted. Two additional tanks added, making Kent the world’s only 4 color Electrocoat system, in any industry.
Building #14 dedicated to Richard M. Nixon.
Phase XVI completion, general/sales offices
Completion of new showroom facilities, administrative and executive offices
Implementation of integrated Manufacturing and Control System including CAD/CAM capability
Completion of Phase XXII building
RF bar code inventory system installed
New “Electrocoating” maintenance holding system
Wide-Span Roll-Forming line installed
Installation of The Kent Corporation’s state-of-the art powder coat system
M.A. Oztekin named a Distinguished Fellow of Engineering by the University of Alabama
M.A. Oztekin inducted into The Engineering Hall of Fame
The Kent Corporation celebrated its 50th Anniversary.