Nine new flags, complete with poles and lighting, adorn the top of the AMETEK building in downtown Kent.
Matt French, vice president and general manager for Kent's division of AMETEK, said the flags were installed this week and represent the nine countries where the firm has manufacturing operations that report back to Kent.
"The flags are to highlight the international city that Kent has become," French said via email during a business trip to Serbia.
AMETEK's international locations represented include: the U.S.; Great Britain; Brazil; China and Serbia.
The firm isn't the only entity in Kent with international connections.
At Kent State University, enrollment of international students has been climbing steadily in recent years to a high this fall of 2,217 — an increase of 19 percent above 2011.