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The three Capozza owners

So Much more than a Tile Store

Capozza Floor Covering Center is a three-generation run family business with deep roots in the community.  Now under the leadership of the third generation, we continue our goal of providing the highest quality of product, service, and craftsmanship the community has come to expect since the business was established.

After serving in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict, Joseph A. (Buddy) Capozza Jr. started his flooring career with a local tile contractor. After nearly twenty years of installing tile and supervising he, along with his wife Doris, founded Capozza Tile Co., Inc. in 1974. Working out of the basement in their family home, the assets of the company at that time consisted of a borrowed desk, a manual typewriter, and an adding machine. The family station wagon served as the only company vehicle.

In 1977, his son Joseph F. Capozza joined the company and, alongside his father, continued to build upon their reputation of offering nothing but the highest quality service for the Commercial and Residential flooring industries. In 1982, property on Forest Avenue was purchased and remodeled to accommodate two offices and a small showroom. At about this time, it became clear that to grow, the company would need to offer more flooring variety than just tile.  As a result carpet, resilient, and wood flooring were added to the company’s product offerings.

As the business continued to grow, it was soon evident the company would need a larger facility. In 1986, Capozza Tile Co., Inc. moved to its present location at 267 Warren Avenue in Portland. This move enabled the company to further expand and have both a commercial and residential division, with a large showroom, warehouse, and a vast line of unique and quality products. In 1988 Jeanne, Joe’s wife, was hired to assist in the office essentials of the Capozza Company. As a full-time mother of three, Jeanne wanted the opportunity to assist with the family business as well as have plenty of time to focus on the family at home. Mr. Capozza retired after some forty years in the tile industry, leaving the company’s management under the direction of his son Joseph.

In 2000, a new opportunity arose that Joseph found to be a perfect addition to expand the company further. Old Port Specialty Tile Co., a division of Capozza Tile Co., Inc., was acquired.  For seven years it operated out of the historical E. Swasey & Crockery Building on Commercial St.  By 2007 the team had outgrown its space in the historical building and moved the Old Port’s showroom a few blocks away to Middle St.

Over the next decade the family expanded their own presence and roles within the divisions as the children of Joe and Jeanne came on board. Today, members of the Capozza family from two generations manage the family business. Joe, as President, helps guide the next generation.  Jeanne is the Administrative Manager for the company.  As Vice President, the founder’s grandson Joe Capozza III is following in his father’s footsteps, overseeing the company’s management and development.  Katie, the eldest granddaughter, manages Old Port Specialty Tile, leading the sales and design team. Tia, the youngest sibling, manages the Residential Division of Capozza Floor Covering Center.  Daughter-in-law Billie oversees accounts payable and the Commercial Flooring Division’s contracts, billing, and accounts receivable.

Under the third generation’s guidance Capozza has continued the growth modeled by the previous generations.  In 2016 Capozza acquired DMT Floors, an industrial flooring business, and rebranded it as Capozza Concrete + Epoxy Flooring.  With this addition, Capozza is now able to offer a wide variety of epoxy floors, polished and decorative concrete, subfloor mitigation, and self-leveling for both residential and commercial settings. And in 2018, Old Port Specialty Tile moved to a newly built state of the art showroom at 62 India Street in Portland.  This latest move allowed us to expand product offerings and create a unique environment for inspiration and collaboration. 

After forty-five years of creating a solid foundation built on strong principles, Capozza Floor Covering Center continues to operate as leaders of their profession by aligning themselves with a team that takes pride in the company’s culture and embraces its reputation for excellence.  The third generation has open minds and a passionate drive to continue offering the highest quality of product, service, and craftsmanship.  Now, more than ever, the Capozza Family is committed to their team, the community, and their clients.  

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