A growing tile company is planning to consolidate and relocate its operations to a historic Schenectady building that was once nearly razed.
Absolute Tile Co., a provider of residential and commercial tiling services, currently operates an office out of owner Michael Buzzo’s home in Rotterdam and a small warehouse on Wilbur Street in Albany. Buzzo said he hopes to give the business more space to grow by relocating the office and warehouse operations to 17 S. Church St. in Schenectady’s historic Stockade neighborhood.
The one-story brick building was built in 1844 at the corner of South Church and Liberty streets. The previous owners were William J. Walker and Patty LaCross, a husband-and-wife team that saved the building from a bulldozer and located the Kelly Glass Co. there. Walker, a Schenectady native, owned and operated the glass company for more than 29 years. He died in December.
Buzzo bought the building in April and is in the process of renovating it at a cost of between $100,000 and $125,000. He is seeking approval from the City Planning Commission to operate his tile business there and lease any remaining space out for general retail use. The commission will review his application Wednesday.
“This new location is bigger,” Buzzo said. “It’s a bigger warehouse space and a bigger office space. Eight years ago, it was just me. But now we have eight employees, so we’ve basically been adding an employee each year.”
That growth is expected to jump this year, as Absolute Tile Co. recently picked up new contracts and is slated to add five to six employees in the next year alone, Buzzo said.
The company primarily serves the Capital Region, providing residential and commercial tile installation services for ceramic tile floors, bathrooms and showers, vanities, fireplaces, kitchens, counters and more. Most of the tile comes from suppliers in Albany and clients include major developers and home builders in the Capital Region.