Pictured from left: At StonePeak Ceramics’ grand opening, Beth Alexander, exec vp of the Crossville-Cumberland County Chamber of Commerce, accepts a $10,000 check from StonePeak to benefit the Cumberland House hospice. Graziano Verdi, Graniti Fiandre pres., and Cristina Minozzi, StonePeak pres., present the gift. Also pictured are Crossville Mayor J.H. Graham III and Tennessee Rep. Eric Swafford.

Chicago-based StonePeak Ceramics celebrated the official opening of its Crossville, Tenn., production facility with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and community open house in June. Federal, state and local officials were on hand for the celebration, as were suppliers and business partners.

The 628,000 square-foot facility will bring approximately 150 jobs to the Crossville/Cumberland County area. Crossville Mayor J.H. Graham presented the company's president, Cristina Minozzi with a key to the city.

"The highly skilled employees from the Crossville area are the backbone of our manufacturing operations," Minozzi said. "We look forward to bringing more area employees on board."

StonePeak is the first American subsidiary of Italian parent company Graniti Fiandre, and will be dedicated exclusively to products for the American market. The firm introduced four product lines in early May, with new lines to be introduced this summer.