Posted by: Carly Schroer
Ceramics supplier to create 26 new jobs
NASHVILLE — Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and Smalticeram USA, Inc. officials announced today that the company will locate new operations in Mount Pleasant. The ceramic and tile ink, glaze and pigment producer and distributor will invest $4 million and create 26 new jobs in Maury County.
“I want to thank Smalticeram for creating 26 new jobs and investing over $4 million in Maury County,” Rolfe said. “It is exciting news that yet another foreign-owned company is choosing to locate its operations in our state. Tennessee currently has more than 960 foreign-owned establishments and I am grateful to Smalticeram for continuing to grow foreign direct investment in our state.”
Smalticeram USA, Inc. produces and distributes glazes, frits, pigments and inks for ceramic tiles. Headquartered in Italy, Smalticeram has operations across the globe.
“Smalticeram has been in business for almost 50 years in the sector of industrial ceramic. With the opening of a branch in Mount Pleasant, it will take us a step further in the program of internationalization,” President of Smalticeram Carlo Alberto Ovi said. “Today, the market of North America has become strategic for our group and it offers us excellent opportunities. We are sure Tennessee will reflect at best all of our needs and we will do anything to make our finest contribution for the growth of the Mount Pleasant.”
Smalticeram will locate its new operations in a 50,000 square foot facility in Mount Pleasant’s Cherry Glen Industrial Park, a Select Tennessee Certified Site. With this new location, the company will be better equipped to serve its North American customers.
“We are very excited to welcome Smalticeram to Maury County and Mount Pleasant. Adding a world-class company such as this greatly enhances our growing ceramics cluster,” Maury County Mayor Charlie Norman said. “Also, we are very proud of the joint partnership between the Industrial Development Board of Maury County, Mount Pleasant Power System, City of Mount Pleasant, Maury County Commission, TVA and the Maury Alliance that developed the building which enabled this company to successfully locate in the Select Tennessee Certified Site, Cherry Glen Industrial Park.”
The Tennessee Valley Authority along with partners at the city of Mount Pleasant, Mount Pleasant Power Systems and the Maury County Alliance supported the recruitment of Smalticeram’s new operation.
Mount Pleasant and Maury County are represented by Sen. Joey Hensley (R – Hohenwald), Rep. Sheila Butt (R – Columbia) and Rep. Michael Curcio (R – Dickson) in the Tennessee General Assembly.
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