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[Among those gathered in Batavia to celebrate the first North American factory opening by the family-owned German company Wedi on June 8 are Bastian Lohmann (from left), general manager and vice president of sales and marketing; Batavia Mayor Jeff Schielke; State Rep. Mike Fortner; and Stephan Wedi, owner and managing director.]
BATAVIA – Dignitaries and tile industry leaders gathered in June to celebrate the grand opening of the first North American factory by Wedi, a family-owned German company that picked the northeast side of Batavia for its operation.
The international company is an innovator in building board systems for tile that allow complete design freedom in baths, showers, saunas and pools. The company name is pronounced: vee-dee, the accent on the first syllable.
The day-long celebration opened with a ribbon-cutting by the Batavia Chamber of Commerce, attended by State Rep. Mike Fortner and Batavia's City Administrator Laura Newman, Mayor Jeff Schielke, aldermen Susan Stark and Tony Malay and other officials.
Kathy Meyer, marketing director of the Tile Council of North America, spoke to the crowd about the "beautiful new headquarters" that will "shape and grow an industry."
Citing Wedi's "groundbreaking standards," she said the firm's tile installation material is 100 percent waterproof and mold proof, adding that the safety features and ease of installation help reduce costs.
Owner and Managing Director Stephan Wedi said the machinery at the Batavia facility is even more modern than the production line in Germany.
"Wedi is all about vision and all about dreams," he said, adding it's a great moment to see it coming true at the new factory.