Del Conca Group Invests in the USA
Del Conca Group has announced that it will build a factory in Loudon county, Tennessee, USA. The new facility will extend over a surface area more than 30,000 square metres and will be completed by the end of 2013. Porcelain tile production is expected to commence in early 2014.
Phase One of the project is expected to cost about US $50 million and will see about 100 workers taken on. Phase Two will involve an additional $20 million investment and the creation of 78 more jobs.
Del Conca USA, the group's American subsidiary which has its logistic centre in Chicago, is pursuing this internationalisation programme with the aim of further increasing its US market share. The Del Conca group already generates 75% of its turnover from exports, half of which are shipped to the US market. The decision to produce tiles directly in the USA was therefore dictated by the need to meet orders quickly and flexibly.
Loudon County Governor Bill Haslam, together with the Loudon County Economic Development Agency, officially welcomed Del Conca USA and thanked the company for a venture that will breathe fresh life into the local community.
The Group's Italian facilities are also attracting major investments of more than 4 million euro with the aim of producing items of high technical and aesthetic quality while maintaining current export volumes. A sizeable share of the investments will serve to increase production of Del Conca Fast, a system that is currently much in demand in the United States.
Del Conca Fast is an innovative, patented method of installing ceramic floor tiles without the need for glue or grout and is ideal for use over existing floors.