Kinesio tape company moves into expanded ABQ headquarters

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New Mexico’s Kinesio held a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony Monday at its new location at 4001 Masthead Monday afternoon. (Roberto E. Rosales/Journal)

The company behind Kinesio Tape now has some room to stretch out.Kinesio Holding Corp. has moved into its new headquarters, a $1.5 million Journal Center building that is twice as big as the company’s previous office near Montgomery and Louisiana NE.

Kenzo Kase, the chiropractor who pioneered the therapeutic Kinesio tape product and its application method, showed off the new, 10,000-square-foot building during a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday.

Kase said he has moved around about a half-dozen times during his 35-plus years in Albuquerque, but this marks the first time the company has built its own place.

The new office at 4001 Masthead NE is next to Cre-Med, Kinesio’s manufacturing center.

“We are fortunate we are in Albuquerque, because the land’s not so expensive,” said Kase, whose tape is sold in 93 countries and has been seen on the bodies of numerous Olympic and professional athletes.

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Chiropractor Kenzo Kase, who invented Kinesio Tape, shows visitors around Kinesio\’s new Albuquerque headquarters. (Roberto E. Rosales/Journal)

Kinesio, which has 45 employees in Albuquerque, sells about 180,000 rolls of tape each month. It recently came out with two new products, including one for sensitive skin, and it now has a designated research  and development area in its new office.

“It’s giving us a lot more room to grow,” said Amy Wander, Kinesio’s international business developer. “We were tripping over each other at the old building.”

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