Mapei Corporation announced the expansion of its existing Wildwood, Florida, facility with the groundbreaking ceremony for the addition of a new 260,000-square-foot (24 155-m2) powder production and distribution facility.

“The existing facility has proven to be such a tremendous asset as a distribution center that the construction of additional distribution space, along with four powder production lines, will greatly increase our ability to meet our customers’ demands,” said Luigi Di Geso, president and CEO of Mapei North America. “Now we will be even better able to bring product and services to our customers in the surrounding states, as well as throughout North America, with the increased powder production.”

Not only will the expanded powder-line facility increase production, it will also increase Mapei’s need for various roles and positions from the local area. Currently, there are 14 full-time Mapei employees working at the existing facility. However, “when the expansion is complete and the four powder lines are up and running, we anticipate the need for 160 full-time employees. This is not counting the truck drivers and other staff who also service the facility,” Di Geso explained.

The community was represented at the groundbreaking event as members of the County and City Boards joined with Mapei staff to mark the special day. After remarks by DiGeso, Bradley Arnold, the County Administrator for Sumter County, Wolf, and Martin, it was time for the ceremonial “turning of the soil.” The men were joined by Mapei’s Director of Operations, Carlo Mandelli, and Mapei’s Corporate Engineer and Maintenance Manager, Leonardo Verniani. 

“This has been a fast-tracked project from the beginning,” Di Geso said. “In spite of any challenges from the pandemic, everyone from the design team at C4 Architecture, to the county and the city, to the project team at Geis Construction, to the project team here at Mapei in Wildwood, everyone has pulled together to meet deadlines and source materials. I am looking forward to the grand opening of this facility later this year.”

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