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    TNCN Tours American Wonder Porcelain Factory

    On July 9, 2019, a small group of TN-China Network (TNCN) board members and sponsors toured TNCN corporate member American Wonder Porcelain’s factory in Lebanon, Tennessee, including its new production line due to be completed soon.  American Wonder Porcelain is the U.S. division of Chinese parent company, The Wonderful Group.  American Wonder Porcelain manufactures, markets, and sells tile only in the United States. 

    From left: American Wonder Porcelain Corporate Controller Katia Silva, TN-China Network Executive Director Elizabeth Rowland, TNCN Board Member Lulu Copeland of Chattanooga State Community College, TNCN Research Associate Emma Stutts, Wonder Porcelain Group Chief Financial Officer Charles Huang, Board Member Lori Odom and Nick Cunningham from TNCN Sponsor the Nashville Chamber of Commerce, and Bradley Pinson from TNCN Sponsor Fifth Third Bank.
    The clay is first mixed with feldspar and water before the mix is dried, pressed, primed, glazed, put in the kiln, packed, sorted, and eventually, sent to the warehouse.
    American Wonder Porcelain uses Italian and Chinese machinery.
    A factory worker oversees the glazing process.

    American Wonder Porcelain first started production in April of 2017 and has since created 180-190 jobs for workers of various backgrounds. Its employees hail from various countries, such as the U.S., China, Indonesia, and more.  American Wonder Porcelain has also made a specific effort to hire refugees.  Wonder Porcelain wants to expand its workforce to at least 200 employees and is currently hiring, specifically bilingual engineers.

    Signage at the factory is in multiple languages, including English, Chinese, Italian, Spanish, and Burmese.

    American Wonder Porcelain recycles 100% of the water and boxes it uses, and the packaging is produced in a way that is completely waste-free.

    Wonder Porcelain Group Chief Financial Officer Charles Huang explains the product packaging to the group.
    The group touring the factory.

    The group had a great time getting an exclusive look into American Wonder Porcelain’s manufacturing process, multicultural environment, and sustainable practices!

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