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Mazzone set to consolidate

Mazzone set to consolidate

Angelo Mazzone is seeking to consolidate his company’s catering operations at a site in Clifton Park

Angelo Mazzone is seeking to consolidate his company’s catering operations at a site in Clifton Park that will allow Mazzone Hospitality to expand and become more efficient.

Mazzone Hospitality, based in Scotia, became the largest caterer in the area in January after merging with longtime competitor Classé Catering, located along Petra Road in Colonie. But Mazzone Hospitality, with its headquarters at the Glen Sanders Mansion and its restaurants and catering operations spread across the Capital Region, was getting deliveries for its catering business at several locations.

Mazzone will invest $2.41 million in an expansion at 743 Pierce Road in Clifton Park that will centralize the company’s warehouse and catering operations in one place. Corporate offices will remain at Glen Sanders, but the accounting department will move to the new site and employees at the Classé building will relocate so that property can be sold.

“We’ve really been working on a place in Clifton Park for years,” said Mazzone. “We saw this place probably two years ago, and for one reason or another, we always decided not to purchase it. But with this recent Classé merger, the time became right.”

The five-acre site, just off Northway Exit 10, was previously occupied by Prestige Vending Services and includes warehouse and office space, a loading dock and parking. Once all approvals are in place, Mazzone hopes to add 2,000 square feet of office and retail space and 11,550 square feet of warehouse space for a total 25,000 square feet at the site.

Potential customers will be able to get a feel for Mazzone’s catering setup all in one place. There will be space to discuss menus and features and for catering equipment like tables, chairs, settings and dishes. There are kitchen facilities on site, so customers can taste-test items there, as well. And all deliveries can go straight to one place instead of to individual restaurants or events.

“Our catering operation includes sales people and trucks and our bakery, and we rent china, glassware, tableware and linens,” said Mazzone. “This is going to be the hub for all of that. It’s a big location that can do everything we need it to do. The stuff that we have to deliver every single day is going to come out of Clifton Park now, where before it was coming out of Scotia and Albany and back to Scotia and so forth.”

Mazzone will also be able to do away with a small office it rented at 400 Clifton Corporate Parkway in Clifton Park for its Business Dining division, which handles cafeteria-style dining for GlobalFoundries, Golub Corp. headquarters and the SI Group. These employees will relocate to the Pierce Road headquarters.

The consolidation is expected to create about 25 new jobs, in addition to about 25 full-time and 15 part-time positions being relocated from existing facilities. Mazzone said only a handful of accounting positions will relocate from the Glen Sanders Mansion.

“My office will still be at Glen Sanders,” he said. “We’re not leaving Scotia. Schenectady’s always been my home, and I’m never leaving.”

Mazzone is seeking a five-year payment-in-lieu-of-taxes agreement with the town of Clifton Park and is applying for a sales tax exemption up to $59,500 and mortgage tax exemption of $19,000 from the Clifton Park Industrial Development Agency.

“Discussions with the principals of the Mazzone Group have been ongoing since early 2012 as they have investigated options in the entire Capital Region,” said Saratoga Economic Development Corp. Vice President Jim Angus in an Oct. 3 letter to the Clifton Park IDA. “The consolidation of corporate offices and the centralization and expansion of operations will improve efficiencies and provide a basis for future growth.”

Mazzone is also in the process of purchasing a 1.1-acre plot of land at 25 Mohawk Ave. in Scotia to be used as overflow parking for Glen Sanders Mansion events. Eventually, he wants to house a retail bakery operation at the site, which just underwent an environmental cleanup by the Schenectady County Metroplex Development Authority.

“The clean up of the former McDonald’s site is complete, and we are moving forward with the sale to Mazzone Management,” said Metroplex Chairman Ray Gillen in an email. “The company is consolidating warehouse functions at a site in Clifton Park. We have been assured that Angelo Mazzone will continue to have his offices at the Glen Sanders Mansion and that this warehouse plan will not impact company operations in Scotia or plans for the former McDonald’s site.”

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