With an investment of over 50 million dollars, 30 million of which in Italian technology, the Del Conca Group has arrived in the USA.
155 Del Conca Way, Loudon is the address of Del Conca USA, and the location of the new 30,000 m2 plant built. The complex includes a 1,000 m2 building with a showroom and administrative offices. Construction was completed in record time: just 10 months, from March 2013 to January 2014. Special attention was given to the elaboration of highly efficient production processes, targeting the highest international standards for work efficiency, quality and respect for the environment, as well. The plant uses the best environmental technology available worldwide to recycle 100% of process water, dusts and production waste.
Two years from the opening – in record time – of the DEL CONCA USA plant, expectations have been widely confirmed, so much that the anticipated doubling of capacity is happening sooner than forecasted. This was announced today by Mr. Enzo Donald Mularoni, CEO of the Del Conca Group, at Coverings, the most important industry Trade Show in the USA. “We are proud to affirm that our expectations have not been disattended, to the contrary, we are moving to double our production lines. Our production capacity will increase from 32 to 65 million square feet per year” Mularoni confirms, satisfied. “We have already signed contracts with our suppliers and once again the technology will be entirely Italian.”The expansion, with work expected to begin during the second half of 2016 and production to start in early 2017, involves a further investment of 30 million USD both for building work and for the purchase of new Italian technology.
To date, the plant, located in Loudon County (Tennessee), has a covered area of 320’000 square feet, but during the course of 2016 it will be expanded to cover 430’000 square feet.
The increase of production will involve the hiring of additional personnel. About 30 new employees, all American nationals, will be hired for the new production lines, in addition to the 85 currently employed.
The installation of two new production lines will bring an advantage not only in increasing production – with the expansion of the range of sizes and styles manufactured – but also in the improvement of service to the American market, with faster delivery. The new facilities will be dedicated to the production of large formats and tiles of increased thickness, especially due2, the collection for outdoor installation produced in 20 mm thickness that has been very successful in the USA, where porcelain stoneware is being discovered as a superior alternative to concrete and natural stone.
Del Conca USA is one of the most modern production plants of porcelain stoneware in the world and produces “designed in Italy, made in USA” tiles. The American production site will also be used to store products manufactured in Italy, so that we can offer the same level of service for Made in Italy tiles as for those Made in the USA.