MARTINELLI ETTORE USA OPENS NEW BRANCH IN LEBANON - TN
Martinelli Ettore USA, the new American branch of Martinelli Group, was officially
opened on Friday 22 April in Lebanon, Tennessee.
Organised in cooperation with the Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce,
the event was attended by local dignitaries, including representatives of the State
of Tennessee and the mayors of Wilson county and the city of Lebanon. Owners
and managers of the leading local ceramic companies also took part, including a
large group of Italian companies that have chosen Tennessee for their
manufacturing operations in the United States.
The new Martinelli Ettore USA branch has been operating since January at 1000
Maddox Simpson Pkwy and occupies a covered area of more than 3,000 square
metres housing offices, a spare parts warehouse and a workshop specialising in the
reconditioning and construction of moulds and punches for tile production.
Lebanon’s strategic position in the Tennessee ceramic district will enable Martinelli
to offer manufacturers the benefits of a rapid service and supply of materials as
well as much lower costs.
Operations will initially focus on Martinelli Group’s core business of moulds for
ceramic presses, but may expand in the future to other business segments where
the company operates through the Emar-Imer and Emar Impianti brands. These
include the production and regeneration of grids, plates and other accessories for
press loading technologies.
The Lebanon facility currently has a staff of twelve people, including Italian
personnel with many years of experience working for the company in Sassuolo.
With this new investment, Martinelli Group – founded in 1953 by Ettore Martinelli
and now led by chairwoman Paola Martinelli – is continuing the international
expansion process that began in 2004 with the opening of the branch in Russia.
“We are very pleased with this achievement,” said Paola Martinelli. “We are well
aware that we will need to further step up our efforts if we are to make the most of
the new opportunities offered by the rapid growth of the Tennessee ceramic
district. However, we are very confident. Not only do we have a serious and highly-
motivated professional staff, but the US has been an important market for us for
years thanks to our strong partnerships with the largest local ceramic groups. This
is demonstrated by the many friends and partners who joined us today to celebrate
the ribbon cutting ceremony at the Lebanon site.”