“We’ve done the Buda Municipal Center; we’ve done the Formula One track—we did all the suites up there—but the list goes on and on,” CEO T.J. Harais said. “We’ve done just a little over 3,000 projects over the last 28 years.”
He said the company’s business has even managed to increase its revenue by 35% during 2020, despite the pandemic’s economic impact.
Harais said the business was also expanding its reach with new pursuits and clients in North Texas and Louisiana.
That growth has allowed the business to increase its headcount by 11 since the pandemic began. Spread out across the Buda Woodworks facility are an array of machines capable of delivering whatever design an architect may bring to the company for its clients, Harais said.
“Everybody has a different view in their mind of what they want this stuff to look like,” Harais said. “Our goal is to make sure that the customer is really happy with their space, and they’re getting what they had envisioned.”
Somewhat contrary to its name, Buda Woodworks’ projects are not limited to wood and can include any number of mediums, such as metal, stone and laminates.
Everything from entry displays to cabinetry for commercial and residential clients are built there. Some are created for multifamily housing projects in the region, while others are headed to corporate campuses or hospitals.
The operation relocated to its current facility five years ago, and Harais said that around that time the company transitioned to using waterborne chemicals to avoid pollution.
Additionally, any material that could pollute the land is kept in a separate building with a holding tank under it to contain any spills, Harais noted.
“We had all kinds of stuff done to make sure that we weren’t going to do any damage to the ecosystem around here,” Harais said.
Buda Woodworks’ dedication to the community extends into its other business practices as well. Stone is sourced from a business a few miles down the road, and other components for projects and operations are also sourced locally.
“We use a lot of local businesses to support us, as well as most of the [employees] live within probably 10 miles of here, maybe 15 at the most,” Harais said. “I think the community has been supportive of us, and I think we’ve done a good job for the community.”
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