First Chamber Building
On 28 Feb 1989, the Trade and Industry Department granted permission for the establishment of the Kocaeli Chamber of Industry. After electing its executive members, the KCI won official recognition 22 June of the same year, thereby becoming the modern version of the century-old Izmit Chamber of Trade and Industry. Yetka Eti was chosen as its first President, Şahabettin Bilgisu its first Managing Director and Mr.Hamdi Dogan as the first Secretary General.
Commencing operations in a small office in the Akbank buildings on Dar Street, the organisation developed quickly and in 1995 was able to transfer to its current, ultra-modern offices located in the Kocaeli Fair Site.