SANTA TERESA – Today Governor Susana Martinez and Economic Development Cabinet Secretary Jon Barela visited Interceramic, Inc. for a ribbon cutting ceremony at its new distribution center. The Chihuahua-based company, which is one of the world’s largest tile manufacturers in North America, chose to locate its newest U.S. facility in Santa Teresa following bi-partisan action by Governor Martinez and the legislature to allow the operation of overweight cargo trucks within a six-mile radius of the Santa Teresa port of entry. The 80,000 square-foot facility will initially create 30 new jobs in New Mexico.
“This is further evidence that the state is committed to a business environment that allows companies to create jobs in New Mexico and take advantage of the robust infrastructure that we are developing along our southern border,” Governor Martinez said. “With Union Pacific as the cornerstone of this industry, we have taken additional bi-partisan measures to make our state a more attractive place to do business, whether companies are looking to get off the ground, expand, or re-locate here. We will continue to build upon this success and I look forward to welcoming more companies like Interceramic to New Mexico.”
According to Gabriel Grijalva, Interceramic’s Director of Supply Chain and Logistics, “The overweight zone and the rapid crossings at the Santa Teresa Port will allow us to transport our product into our U.S. market more economically and efficiently. In the future, we hope to expand our operations in Santa Teresa.”
“Santa Teresa is uniquely positioned to support bi-national transloading of commercial goods between truck and new rail facilities at Santa Teresa,” Secretary Barela said. “This is why our department has been focused on creating transportation and logistics opportunities which bring in good jobs and a sustainable industry. I am thrilled to have Interceramic here as part of that growth.”
Interceramic, which was founded in 1979, is one of the largest tile manufacturers in North America, with a total production capacity of 450 million square feet per year in nine facilities housed in four different manufacturing complexes: three in Chihuahua, Mexico and one in Garland, Texas. With annual sales of approximately $500 million, Interceramic is a leading manufacturer of ceramic tile, bathroom fixtures, setting materials, and natural stone. The company uses 240 franchise stores to distribute its product in Mexico, 14 stores in the south region of the U.S. located across Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Georgia, and 65 independent distributors for the rest of the U.S. and Canada. In addition to their North America operations, the company also has distribution centers in Panama and Guatemala and a venture in China to produce high design ceramic tile and offer it through exclusive local distributors.
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