Guests included the President of the Tuscany Region Eugenio Giani, the councillor for manufacturing Leonardo Marras and the mayor of Torrita, Giacomo Grazi
Cassioli blew out the candles on its 80th birthday with a huge party, held in the very factory where the company began back in 1943.
The new production area, built in 2020 in the midst of the pandemic, was dressed for the occasion with a stage, lighting and a catering service, turning the factory into a genuine events space.
The evening opened with a display by the Torrita band of drummers and flag-throwers, followed by the company’s president Paolo Cassioli, who welcomed the guests.
The stage was then taken by Torrita mayor Giacomo Grazi and the President of the Tuscany Region Eugenio Giani, who thanked Cassioli for the invitation, and above all for being a solid business and a source of pride for the whole of Tuscany.
The party continued with music and fun with Alessandro Paci and Mago Kagliostro, who entertained the guests with comic sketches and magic tricks.
A wonderful evening was enjoyed by employees, representatives of Cassioli’s foreign branches, the company’s main stakeholders and local politicians and institutions.
Among delicious food, music and great company, the key moment of the evening was when Marcello, Paolo and Carlo Cassioli, honorary president, president and CEO respectively, gave an overview of Cassioli’s 80-year story and thanked all the guests and employees who have contributed to the company’s success. There were plenty of moving moments during their speeches, such as the emotional memories of the founders Bernardino and Ideale Cassioli, who started the company during the Second World War.
“Cassioli today is an international company, it’s true”, said CEO Carlo Cassioli. “We work with customers and partners from all over the world on a daily basis… but throughout it all, if there’s something our company has never abandoned, it’s our birthplace. We decided to keep our headquarters right here, where the company was born, grew up and developed over the years. We don’t want to be one of those businesses that get rich and then move their entire production away, to the detriment of the local area and the community; we like to create value in the area, provide work for the people who live here, whose families are here, who want to bring up their children here”.
The company has numerous ongoing and recently completed projects, like its joint venture with the multinational SACMI, a preview of which was presented during the evening. With SACMI – world leader in advanced technologies for the ceramics, plastics, food & beverage and packaging sectors – the company has launched SacmiCassioli Intralogistics, offering innovative solutions for the management, control and optimisation of flows of materials and data within the factory.
The party also included the prize-giving for the ten suppliers who received “Gold Supplier” awards for making the Cassioli production chain even more excellent, sustainable and innovative in terms of key parameters like quality, reliability, strategic importance, turnover, sustainability and attitude to innovation.
The evening concluded with the traditional cutting of the cake by the Cassioli board members, accompanied by music and a toast by all the guests.
“It’s been 80 years of targeted goals, changes and decisions, some of them bold; 80 years of constant effort and plenty of satisfaction”, said company president Paolo Cassioli. “However, we want to see this anniversary as merely a stage on the journey we’ve embarked upon, and we’re sure there are many more to come, with the same enthusiasm and tenacity that have motivated us from the outset.”
Now in its third generation, Cassioli – which currently has over 400 employees – operates four factories around the world (Italy, Brazil, Poland and the USA), and its products and services meet the needs of customers in a range of sectors, from intralogistics and manufacturing to airports and tyres.
80 years of operation at the Torrita headquarters are further proof that Cassioli is firmly anchored in its place of origin, despite its strong growth in the past 10 years and its major expansion overseas.