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Welcome to our Factory

This is where the magic happens. We design, experiment, talk a lot about chemistry, and handcraft every tile that leaves our doors--all in the middle of California’s agricultural heartland.

Behind the Scenes

Our factory in Aromas, CA originally began as the manufacturing end of an apple orchard. We’ve repurposed its storage buildings to create an open air layout that houses our packing department, glass factory, and samples program. Here’s a glimpse of our factory, in figures:

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Employee Spotlight

Our tile's got soul. By crafting each piece by hand, a little part of us is captured in every tile we make. It takes about 7 pairs of hands to make just one tile. Here are some of the hands that bring our products to life.

  • Joey

    Extruder Assistant
  • Omar

    Bisque Department Captain
  • Isidro

    Extruder Operator

Meet Junior

Meet our large extruder, affectionately known around here as “The Junior.” Built by the Plymouth Locomotive Company in the 1940s, Junior was made alongside locomotives and farm tractors in Plymouth, Ohio. Our founder Paul Burns added this 25,000-lb workhorse to the team in 1990. Today, Junior is single-handedly responsible for pumping out over 2500 SF of tile every day...and could make more.

Junior has some quirks carried over from his early days, but it’s impossible to imagine making tile without this colorful and hardworking relic of American manufacturing.
 

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