Florim USA, an Italy-based porcelain floor and wall tile manufacturer, will invest about $35 million to expand operations at its facility in Clarksville, Tennessee. The project is expected to create 30 jobs.
The expansion will include construction of a new administration building and showroom, and the addition of technologically advanced manufacturing machinery to increase not only production capabilities, but also the range of product offerings, which will allow for a 100 percent U.S.-manufactured product. The company will also invest in additional tile crusher machinery to recycle fired scrap metal back into production.
“For over a decade, Florim USA has invested in state-of-the-art production processes, enabling technologies, workforce cleanliness and safety, and environmental responsibility. We’ve seen the great success and tremendous opportunity that has been created from our continued partnership with the state of Tennessee. These new expansions are aligned with Florim USA’s philosophy of environmental sustainability by supporting efficiency in energy consumption and minimizing waste generation. We are not only thinking about our growth today but growth with an environmentally sustainable future inspired by our parent company, the first porcelain tile manufacturer to become a Benefit Corporation and to obtain the B Corp certification,” Florim USA, Inc. President Antonio Albanese noted.
Florim USA’s Clarksville facility consists of the following highly automated operations: body preparation, glaze preparation, pressing, glazing, kiln, rectification, polishing, selection and packaging. The process is considered “closed-loop” with 100 percent of the water and 95 percent of all production waste generated throughout the operations recycled back through the system.
“Italian companies have invested more than $265 million in Tennessee since 2015. We are proud of our long-standing partnership with Florim USA and thank this globally-renowned ceramics company for investing approximately $35 million in Montgomery County,” said TNECD Commissioner Bob Rolfe.