Editor's note: this year marked the clichéd return to its roots for The Davey Tree Expert Company, which, along with AMETEK, moved about 90 employees to downtown Kent.
Davey Tree got its start downtown, and the firm moved its Stow-based Davey Resource Group back to downtown Kent this year to anchor the first of two new buildings built by Fairmount Properties as part of Kent's redevelopment.
AMETEK followed suit by moving into the second building. Combined, both firms brought closed to 200 well-paid professionals downtown.
The two new buildings also brought with them about a dozen new shops and eateries.
For 2012, the opening of these two new buildings is one of my picks for top 10 stories of the year.
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