Pottery Direct International Locates Production Center in McKenzie, Tennessee
Pottery Direct will locate in a vacant industrial building at 1373 Airport Road. The ceramics company will invest in facility upgrades and plans to be operational in McKenzie in the fourth quarter of 2019. The company that develops, imports and produces ceramic flower pots plans to create approximately 40 jobs in Carroll County during the next three years.
“We chose Tennessee for a variety of reasons, first and foremost because 80 percent of the clay we used is mined nearby,” Company Directors Henk van Woerden and Marthijn van Woerden said.
“Secondly, as we started the process we learned that the local natural gas provider has a unique competitive advantage as there are two major natural gas trunk lines passing through the community of McKenzie,” the officials said.
Additionally, TVA is a very competitive provider of electrical power. It was impressive to learn about the customizable job training programs offered by TCAT in the local community. We are looking forward to adding long-term value and quality jobs to the local communities near our facility,” company directors explained.
“I’m pleased to welcome yet another international ceramics company to the Volunteer State,” Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe said.
“With our central location and raw materials, Tennessee is one of the nation’s leaders for ceramics industry growth. I look forward to a long partnership with Pottery Direct and the long-term benefits these jobs will have for the residents of McKenzie and Northwest Tennessee,” he explained.
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