Aztec Industries integrates interior design and acoustics into panel manufacturing

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From home theaters to conference rooms, Ronkonkoma-based Aztec Industries, Inc. shapes the atmosphere of a variety of spaces across the tri-state area.

The manufacturer sells in a niche market: acoustic panels for walls and ceilings and other fabric-wrapped custom products, including dividers, bulletin boards, bulletin boards and seat cushions. Aztec work appears in the offices of many well-known companies, university and hospital buildings, churches, gymnasiums, banks, municipal buildings, etc.

“Anything covered in fabric, we can make it,” says Philip DelGiudice, owner and president of Aztec. “We do a lot of work for home theater companies, furniture retailers, and companies that buy complete office systems.”

With a background in graphic printing and design, DelGiudice founded the private label manufacturing business in 1985 in Copiague. Aztec now occupies a 4,500 square foot facility in Ronkonkoma and has approximately seven employees.

The manufacturer primarily supplies products to distribution companies, which then brand and sell the items to their own customers. Aztec also occasionally works directly with a client or designer to bring their vision for a space to life – for example, acoustic panels for Stony Brook University and high-end home theaters in Hamptons homes.

“Especially in home theaters, we’ve done projects that push the boundaries of design,” says DelGiudice. “Projects like this are fun because you have to solve an acoustic problem, but you can create something visually appealing that still does the job.”

Some of the company’s design techniques include stacking panels for depth and suspending large panels from the ceiling of an atrium to help soundproof it, as they did for a seniors’ complex in Nesconset.

“The design part is what makes it really interesting, and we have the ability to adapt to different environments,” says DelGiudice. “The fun part is the custom work we’re able to do.”

Aztec has provided products that have been sold and installed for Amazon’s Audible, Banana Republic, GAP, MTV, NBC, Pfizer, Gold’s Gym, WeightWatchers, and more. Local buyers have included Del Vino Vineyards, Jefferson’s Ferry Life Plan community and the Suffolk County Health Department.

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