Chris Giampaolo, owner of Closet Creations, with offices in Sleepy Hollow, New York and a manufacturing facility in
Yonkers, New York, got his start in the
closets industry nearly 28 years ago.
While working with his father, who
was in the construction business, Giampaolo saw a Space Metrics display in
a cabinet dealer’s shop along with 5/8-
inch material. The display and material
sparked the inspiration to redo the closet
space in his small, co-op apartment.
“I talked to the guy in the sales room,
bought the material, did my own closets,
and I was like, ‘This is a great little business,’” he says. That decision eventually
lead to Giampaolo starting his own
He began gradually, first working with
Space Metrics then later buying components from other manufacturers. All the
while the company was continuing to
grow as well as his space requirements,
so he moved from the back of a van to
larger and larger facilities.
At one point Giampaolo says he was
approached by Closets By Design to
purchase a failing franchise in the area.
He was invited to tour the franchisor’s
main manufacturing facility and that
trip proved pivotal in determining the
direction he wanted to take.
“I saw their manufacturing plant, and
they had three work cells, they had two
RTF cells, there were thermafoil cells,
and basically what I came away with
was, not so much that I wanted to be in
business with Closets By Design, but I
should go into manufacturing,” he explains.
“I was spending so much money at
that point on components that saving
10 percent by manufacturing things
myself and pocketing a good amount of
money every year [seemed like a good
idea],” he adds. “I wouldn’t have to wait