DALLAS, TX -- Dal-Tile, the largest manufacturer and marketer of ceramic tile and natural stone products in North America, announced yesterday that it acquired the North American operations of Cerámica San Lorenzo.

The purchase includes a modern manufacturing facility in Mexicali, Mexico, and a product showroom and warehouse in Southern California. The plant is Dal-Tile's eleventh manufacturing facility in North America; it produces tile collections under the San Lorenzo brand for the builder, residential remodeling and commercial segments.

"This addition further strengthens our industry-leading manufacturing capabilities, which are focused on delivering stylish, high performance and innovative tile products to our customers," said Dal-Tile President, John Turner, Jr. "This acquisition will support our rapid growth in Mexico, and strengthens our competitive position, especially in the west and southwest U.S."

Turner said Dal-Tile will invest in the Mexicali plant to enhance its processes and capabilities. Following its parent company Mohawk Industries' 2013 acquisition of The Marazzi Group, Dal-Tile integrated Marazzi's U.S. operations, including two manufacturing plants in Sunnyvale, TX, and Florence, AL. The plants have subsequently increased tile production capacity and capability, and also implemented numerous process improvements.

Dal-Tile is also currently building a state-of-the-art ceramic tile manufacturing facility and distribution center in Dickson, TN. The Dickson plant is scheduled to open later this year and will begin full-scale tile production in early 2016.