â€œWe opened the shop and showroom to do our own custom work and to give people full service,â€ said Sgro. â€œWe were originally in a very small location. Where we are now is much bigger.â€
When Creative Stone Works first moved to the 6,500-square-foot Park Ridge site, it only employed five workers. Today it has grown to a total of 15 employees. This includes two installation crews and seven workers in the fabricating facility as well as office administration.
Primarily, the company focuses its efforts on high-end residential work in the Northern New Jersey area. It produces approximately 25 kitchens a month, according to Sgro. â€œWe do about one a day plus about 40 vanities and 10 fireplaces a month,â€ he said.
The fabricating shop is furnished with a Terzago bridge saw and a Marmoelettromeccanica Master 3000 edger. The company runs one shift from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
While Creative Stone Works directly imports a portion of its material - including limestone and marble from Italy and Spain as well as Turkish travertine - it also receives slabs from larger distributors such as International Granite and Marble and Arc Stone. In total, the company keeps between 500 to 600 slabs in its on-site inventory.
â€œAbout half of our business is just importing,â€ said Sgro, adding that 70% of the company's products are natural stone while the other 30% is ceramic tile. The showroom is filled with samples of mosaic borders and patterns as well as 18- x 18- and 20- x 20-inch tiles, which are gaining popularity among consumers, according to Sgro.
In November, Creative Stone Works will be increasing the size of its facility by another 2,500 square feet. â€œOur goal is to continue to grow and keep on doing what we are doing,â€ said Sgro. â€œWe never want to hit a dead end street.â€
End box:Type of work done: Kitchen countertops, bathroom vanities and fireplaces for residential projects
Creative Stone Works, Park Ridge, NJ
Machinery: Terzago bridge saw; Marmoelettromeccanica Master 3000 edger
Number of employees: 15
Production rate: Approximately 25 kitchens, 40 vanities and 10 fireplaces per month