Century tile this year celebrates the 65th anniversary of its founding. The company was founded in 1947 as Century Supply Company by high school friends Frank Parks Sr.and Paul Spiewak. The partners placed ads in the local newspaper of their Chicago neighborhood. They went to customers’ homes, measured, sold and delivered the tile, giving instructions on how to install it. When they first started, they had little more than $7 between them. But with those ads placed in the local newspaper the late ‘40s, the high school friends began a business which last year grossed more than $33 million.
From their beginnings selling through the newspaper, Century grew enough to open their first store on Austin Ave. At the time, it was 1,500 square feet and carried plastic wall tile and asphalt floor tile.
65 years later, Century Tile has grown into Chicagoland’s premier tile retailer with 12 area locations. The company is still a family operation, being managed by the second generation of the original partners’ families. Century Tile’s business is divided equally between professional contractors and homeowners. The company’s product line features the Midwest’s largesr selection of more than 10,000 styles and colors of flooring, including ceramic, porcelain, vinyl, stone, carpet tile; sheet vinyl, broadloom carpeting, area rugs, hardwood, laminate, ceramic wall tile, glass mosaics, accessories and setting materials.
Century is a leader in style and design with an established reputation for providing good customer service and value prices. The company offers frequent seminars for homeowners who are interested in laying their own flooring; or Century can have your flooring installed while providing a warranty and offering financing for the entire project.
Century Tile’s 12 stores are located in Lombard, Itasca, Mt Prospect, Bolingbrook, Woodstock, Matteson, Mundelein, Naperville, Joliet and in Chicago at 5719 W. Diversey, 3001 N. Austin and 8181 S. Cicero. Visit their website www.century-tile.com for additional details.