How to fix ceramic tile bakes in 2018
Posted On July 30, 2021
A year after the launch of ceramic tile tiles, ceramic tile growers in California are reporting that their businesses are still struggling to find enough bakers to make their ceramic tiles.
Bakersfield-based ceramic tile maker The Dixie Cakes says it has found only two bakers willing to work on the tiles, and it’s working to find more bakers for the rest of its production line.
Ceramic tile has been an incredibly popular product in California.
In 2016, The Associated Press reported that California’s ceramic tile industry grew by about 1,500 percent in the last 10 years.
According to the AP, the California ceramic tile and bakes industry generates more than $7 billion in annual revenue, with California being the largest producer of bakes nationally.
Cericano tile is made from calcium carbonate, which is a byproduct of making ceramics.
California requires that all ceramic tile manufacturers produce the same material.
In 2017, California Governor Gavin Newsom approved the use of ceramically-tiled surfaces in homes, schools, churches, hotels and businesses.
In 2018, California will require ceramic tile to be made from bakers’ sand or clay, which means bakers in California can’t be expected to produce a consistent quality product.
The AP reported that the shortage of bakers has caused ceramic tile suppliers to turn to other sources of baker’s sand and clay.
In an article for the Sacramento Bee, The San Diego Chamber of Commerce noted that a shortage of sand bakers caused ceramic tiles suppliers to find a cheaper alternative, which resulted in ceramic tile shortages.
“We are experiencing an acute shortage of ceramic tiles for our bakers,” a ceramic tile company representative told the Bee.
The Associated Press reports that California Department of Agriculture (California Ag) is currently working with The Dixies to resolve the problem, but they say they’ve already begun the process of moving bakers out of the state.
The Dixie is also in the process working to recruit bakers from outside the state to fill the remaining supply gap.