Loudon, TN, March 4, 2014 -- Tile maker Del Conca USA, the North American subsidiary of Del Conca, one of the main Italian groups in the ceramic tile manufacturing industry, said it has begun domestic production.
The company said it invested more than $50 million, $30 million of which have been invested in world-class Italian tile production technology.
“Construction of the buildings, and the installation of the production machinery (all strictly made in Italy) were completed at the beginning of February, just 10 months after the start," said Paolo Mularoni, president of Del Conca USA.
Today officially starts the production of the first tiles by Del Conca USA, with quality testing on raw materials, process and finished goods.
The company said it is starting with one shift but plans to be manufacturing 24 hours. It estimates an initial production of 30 million square feet.
The company launched its new products last month during Surfaces 2014 but plans for a larger rollout at the Coverings show.
The company said it has annual global revenue of $165 million, with one-third of that coming from the U.S.