Portobello America reports that its new tile production facility and U.S. headquarters in Baxter, Tennessee, will be operational by April 2023.  

Jed Durbin, VP of manufacturing and outsourcing, Portobello America, said that majority of state-of-the-art equipment has been installed in the facility. Equipment includes laser-guided systems, automated packaging and palleting, and material-handling robots.

“Once the first kiln is fully operational, the next phase will be the production of small format floor and wall tile, which should be ready by late summer," Durbin said. "From there, a second kiln will be operational later on in the year.”

The new factory’s personnel plan is expected to ultimately generate at least 230 local jobs. To date, the company has hired more than 100 employees. 

The company said it will plan a grand opening for late summer 2023. 

For more information, visit portobelloamerica.com.

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