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In 1949 John Gainey purchased the pottery company where he had been working, as it was going out of business. Gainey Ceramics initially made water bottles (Ollas) for Sparkletts Water and dog bowls. Throughout the years, Gainey produced ceramic containers to the retail garden centers across the country. With the growth of the interior plant industry, Gainey Ceramics pioneered beautiful yet functional plant containers, becoming the choice of professional architects, landscapers, interior and exterior designers.
Long the market leader in Turkey of bathroom products and ceramic tiles, the Eczacıbaşı Building Products Division is contending for top three ranking in Europe, where it owns a majority share of V&B Fliesen, the tile division of Villeroy & Boch, and all of Burgbad, the leader of the European luxury bathroom furniture market, and Engers Keramik, the well-established German tile producer. In line with its multi-brand/multi-manufacturing site/multi-market growth strategy, nine of the Building Products Division’s 15 manufacturing sites are located in major international markets. The new plants in Russia which one of them is a tile plant with a capacity of 3.2 million m2 started manufacturing in the second half of 2011 and the ceramic sanitary ware plant with a capacity of 250 thousand pieces is scheduled for completion in 2013.