Founded in 1979, Del Conca has been producing ceramic tiles for more than 30 years. With a strong international presence, Del Conca services a wide range of residential and commercial clients throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe. The company exports 75% of its production, half of which goes to the U.S. -- its main market for exports. Del Conca has been exporting to the U.S. for more than 25 years, and has become one of the main Italian exporters to the U.S. in the last 15 years, which sparked the idea for the company to come and plants its roots in American soil.
"This knowledge of the market and our presence here in the U.S. market brought us to consider the idea of producing here to better serve our customers, the market, and to strengthen our position here in the U.S.," said Paolo Mularoni, president of Del Conca USA, at the grand opening. "This was a long thought process. We started evaluating this possibility in 2008 and we traveled several states' cities and counties. We saw that there were many places available. We looked in Kentucky, Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia and South Carolina, but in the end we decided to come to Tennessee because it's geographically central, with regards to the raw materials, and is very close to infrastructure and highways, so we can reach our customers better and quicker."
The Mularoni family first visited Loudon, TN, in 2008, when they explored the state and all it had to offer. "We drove through the countryside and we didn't really understand this place," explained Mularoni. "We thought it was a beautiful place, but we didn't know how to build a factory here. Then, we came back several times, and during this process, we discovered the area, the community, and we discovered the strategic location of this place. It's centrally located, in regards with our raw material sourced here (within a range of 300 miles), and we're close to the highways and a large part of the population of the U.S. Gradually, we convinced ourselves and were convinced by the people around us, and we found that this was the right place to be."
The new facility -- located at 155 Del Conca Way in Loudon, TN -- is up and running, and features an adjoining showroom, where all of the company's tile lines are displayed. For more information, visit http://www.delconcausa.com.