Not only is Kent a great place to visit or make camp for Pacific Northwest adventure, it’s also a place for big ideas—and the makers and manufacturers behind them.
Have you enjoyed a cup of Starbuck’s Pike Place drip? Zipped between London and Paris on a high-speed train? Marveled at yesteryear’s Apollo lunar module or the next generation of space-rocket technology? Kent-based companies had a hand in all of that.
When it comes to manufacturing, it’s no wonder big things are happening here. Kent’s manufacturing and distribution center is the second largest on the west coast and ranks fourth in the nation. It’s a place where industry has come to innovate and revolutionize. And it’s where creative bakers, brewers and vintners hone their craft.
From heavy equipment and sports gear to hearty brews, here’s a sampling of what’s made in Kent:
Space technology that’s out of sight
- Reusable rockets and rocket engines from Blue Origin, where owner Jeff Bezos and crew are working toward a future where people will live and work in space
- Composite nose cones for SpaceX rockets (and other aero- and outer-space materials, including the honeycomb-foil foot pads on the Apollo 11 Lunar Module) from Hexcel Corporation
Machines that do the job around the world
- Massive tunnel-boring machines from industry-leader Robbins Company, including one that helped carve out the English Channel tunnel
- Versatile waterjets from OMAX that can cut a wide variety of materials from foam to titanium, using a high-pressure jet of water
Sports gear for land and water
- People-powered and electric bikes from Raleigh America Inc.
- Wet suits from Harvey’s Dive Suits, one of the oldest wet suit manufacturers in the U.S. and a trailblazer in the industry
Bountiful bites and beverages
- Coffee, coffee and more coffee from Starbucks Roasting Plant
- All-natural jerky and snack sticks from Oberto Sausage Company
- Old-world bread and pastries from Macrina Bakery
- Award-winning beer from Airways Brewing, served up at two Kent locations: The Tap Room and Brewery (21+) and The Bistro & Beer Garden (family friendly)
- Small-batch wine made from some of Washington State’s best grapes from Soos Creek Winery and Ducleaux Cellars
- World-class cordials, specialty spirits and brandies from Sidetrack Distillery
It’s a lot to ponder. While you digest all that’s made in Kent, find out more about things to do when you visit.