State, Local Support Bring Chinese Tile Maker to Lebanon, Tennessee

Chinese porcelain tile manufacturer Wonderful Group has announced the selection of Lebanon, TN as the location for its first U.S. manufacturing plant.

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Supported by the State of Tennessee, TVA, Wilson County and Lebanon economic development groups, the company will invest $150 million to establish a 500,000-square-foot manufacturing plant in the Cherry Farm Industrial Site.

The company also expects to create 220 jobs at the facility for Lebanon and Wilson County.

Governor Bill Haslam said in a release that “We want to welcome Wonderful Group to Tennessee and thank the company for choosing our state as the location for its first U.S. operations.”

Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead said they believe that this is further confirmation of Lebanon’s progressive and growing city which offers opportunities for their success and future growth. Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto said he wants to thank Wonderful Group along with their local, state and regional partners that made this happen.

Tennessee Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd noted that this is the largest capital investment made by a Chinese-based project in the state’s history. “We are honored that Tennessee will be home to Wonderful Group’s first manufacturing facility in the country, and I look forward to building a strong relationship with the company in the years to come,” added Commissioner Boyd.

Wonderful Group CEO Jianping Huang said they are pleased and proud to invest in the city of Lebanon and Middle Tennessee. “We appreciate the support received from the state, county and city and look forward to bringing more jobs in the ceramic tile industry to Tennessee,” added Huang.

State incentives for the project haven’t been disclosed, but the company is getting a tax abatement from Wilson County, along with fee waivers from the City of Lebanon.

C. Hixson, executive director of the Joint Economic and Community Development Board of Wilson County, which is a governmental economic development agency, said in the release that “This announcement would not have been possible without the work of our economic partners which include the Wilson County Commission, the city of Lebanon, the state of Tennessee and the Tennessee Valley Authority.”

TVA Senior Vice President of Economic Development John Bradley likewise added that they are pleased to partner with the state of Tennessee, the Joint Economic and Community Development Board of Wilson County, city of Lebanon and Wilson County officials to facilitate Wonderful Group’s location decision.

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