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The Backbone of 50 Years


Aug 1st, 2022

by Tile Wholesalers of Rochester

In June, we celebrated 50 years of Tile Wholesalers. Throughout 2022, we’ve been sharing bits and pieces of what made these 50 years possible. As a locally owned business that is currently in its second generation of family ownership with the third generation posed to continue on the tradition, so much of what we do revolves around family. Over the past several months, we’ve loved sharing then & now posts, along with a timeline of what’s happened since we first opened our doors in 1972. 

We also talked about Standing the Test of Time, and what that looks like from a small business perspective when many don’t get to see the 50-year mark. It’s an honor to be here serving our amazing community, but we couldn’t have gotten to this point without some very important people.

Our incredible team.

In any business, a strong team is the backbone of success. We pride ourselves on nurturing a family-like atmosphere here at Tile Wholesalers. In a recent video posted to Instagram, owner Dave Firkins shares,

“The challenge of finding good people is finding the passion that lies within me, and when I look for somebody, I’m looking for a mirror image of what drives me to work every single day. When I interview people, I try to get that passion.”

Our team is passionate about tile, but more than that, we’re passionate about working with designers, architects, contractors, builders, and homeowners to help them discover the products that will make their spaces complete. We’re passionate about the manufacturers and reps we engage with who supply us with beautiful products that wow our customers. The company was started in Irondequoit in 1972, we moved in 1991 to a larger location in the City of Rochester but then returned again to Irondequoit to further expand our operation in 2004.  We’re passionate about giving back to this community and the entire Monroe county.

Thank you to the Irondequoit Chamber of Commerce for choosing Tile Wholesalers of Rochester as the featured business of the month.

And most of all, we’re passionate about coming to work every day, greeting each other with a smile, sharing in our successes and trials, and doing it all again the next day.

Our team is the reason we have seen this growth, from our showroom staff to our warehouse staff. As Dave says, 

“Our top-notch staff has not only allowed us to reach an incredible milestone of 50 years but make our future growth possible as well.”

As we look toward the future, we’re excited to witness all that’s in store and to keep celebrating the amazing people who show up every day with the best attitudes and dispositions.