State Representative Ryan Williams Announces Colorobbia USA To Establish New Cookeville Facilit

April 19, 2018

Ceramics supplier to create 30 new jobs with expansion in Putnam County

(NASHVILLE) — State Representative Ryan Williams (R-Cookeville) joined with Tennessee Department of Economic & Community Development (TNECD) Commissioner Bob Rolfe, and local leaders to announce that ceramics supplier Colorobbia USA, Inc. will invest $5 million to establish operations in Cookeville, Tennessee.

The Italian company and global leader in the ceramic and glass industries was established in 1921, is family-owned, and headquartered in Vinci, Italy. It is part of Gruppo Colorobbia, and employs more than 2,000 people in 18 different countries.

Tuesday’s announcement paves the way for Colorobbia USA to build a 50,000-square-foot facility that includes distribution functions, as well as a technical assistance laboratory. The facility in Putnam County is expected to be up and running by January of 2019. Once completed, it will create approximately 30 new, high-quality jobs over the next five years.

“I am pleased that Colorobbia USA, Inc. has chosen Cookeville to expand its business operations,” said Representative Williams. “Today’s announcement shows that our community is a desirable destination for businesses who are interested in relocating to Tennessee. I will continue to fight for additional resources that will promote job growth and economic prosperity, both here in Cookeville and in cities and towns across Tennessee.”

Under the leadership of Chairman Williams and House Republicans, more than 400,000 net new private sector jobs have been created in Tennessee over the last eight years. As of March 29, Putnam County’s unemployment rate was 3.5 percent, more than half a point lower than the national average.

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Ryan Williams serves as Chairman of the House Republican Caucus. He also serves as a member of the House Finance, Ways & Means Committee and Subcommittee, as well as the House Government Operations, House Health, and the House Calendar & Rules Committees. Williams lives in Cookeville and represents House District 42, which includes a portion of Putnam County. He can be reached by email at Rep.Ryan.Williams@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-1875.