Colorobbia USA Inc. to establish facility in Cookeville
By Kim Swindell Wood | April 17, 2018 11:25 am
Ceramics supplier to invest $5 million, create approximately 30 jobs
Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and Colorobbia USA, Inc. officials announced today that the ceramics supplier will invest $5 million to establish operations in Cookeville.
Colorobbia USA plans to build a 50,000-square-foot facility that includes distribution functions and a technical assistance laboratory. The Putnam County facility is expected to be operational in January 2019, creating approximately 30 jobs over the next five years.
“I’d like to welcome Colorobbia USA to Tennessee and thank the company for its investment in Putnam County,” Rolfe said. “Over the last few years, the ceramic industry in Tennessee has experienced considerable growth. We are encouraged to see Colorobbia USA join the growing ranks of ceramic companies that call Tennessee home.”
Colorobbia USA is part of Gruppo Colorobbia, an Italian company and global leader in the ceramic and glass industries. Established in 1921, Gruppo Colorobbia is a family-owned company headquartered in the province of Vinci, Italy. It has more than 2,000 employees and operates in 18 different countries.
“I am very excited that these new jobs are coming to Cookeville as a result of Colorobbia USA’s investment in a facility here,” said Senator Paul Bailey. “Governor Haslam and our legislature have worked diligently to attract investment and break down barriers to job growth and it is producing great results. I congratulate Colorobbia and all who were involved in bringing these jobs to our area. This job investment is also testament to the great people who make up our local workforce. I look forward to seeing how these new jobs will provide many citizens in our district with new and better opportunities for the future.”
Gruppo Colorobbia’s products include glazes, frits, pigments and ceramic inks for the ceramic tile and glass industries. The company also produces precious metals and a line of products for artistic ceramics.
“Our growth expectations and job creation plan are directly linked to the ceramic industry growth,” Arturo Salazar, president of Colorobbia USA, said. “We expect to start operations with the first stage of the project in the beginning of 2019. The increase of porcelain tile production in Tennessee through new production plants has opened the opportunity for our company to the possibility of this project. This plant will allow us to offer world-class technical service to clients.
“Being close to our clients is a fundamental rock of Gruppo Colorobbia’s philosophy. With this investment, we will be able to offer quality products and technical assistance services to the North American market,” Salazar added. “Cookeville offers.