China-based Tile and Ceramics Company, Wonderful Group will invest $150 million to establish its 500,000 square foot manufacturing center at the the Cherry Farm Industrial Site in Lebanon, Tennessee. The company, which is planning its first US production center, expects to create 220 jobs in Wilson County.
“We are pleased and proud to invest in the city of Lebanon and Middle Tennessee,” Wonderful Group CEO Jianping Huang said. “With our U.S. based management team, we will expand our broad existing manufacturing footprint internationally to produce high quality porcelain tile. We appreciate the support received from the state, county and city and look forward to bringing more jobs in the ceramic tile industry to Tennessee.”
“We want to welcome Wonderful Group to Tennessee and thank the company for choosing our state as the location for its first U.S. operations,” Governor Bill Haslam said. “Tennessee competes on a global level and when a company decides to expand its business here it speaks volumes to our business- friendly environment and skilled workforce. Companies can choose to do business anywhere in the world, and today’s announcement is another step toward making Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs.”
“This is great news not only for Lebanon and Wilson County, but for the entire state. Wonderful Group’s commitment represents the largest capital investment made by a Chinese-based project in the state’s history,” Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd said. “We are honored that Tennessee will be home to Wonderful Group’s first manufacturing facility in the country, and I look forward to building a strong relationship with the company in the years to come.”
“I welcome Wonderful Group to the community. Their decision is further confirmation of the many economic and lifestyle advantages of the community,” G. C. Hixson, Executive Director of the Joint Economic Development Agency, said. “This announcement would not have been possible without the work of our economic partners which include the Wilson County Commission, the city of Lebanon, the state of Tennessee and the Tennessee Valley Authority.”