From quintessential Italian specialties, to a visit of three company locations, to a tour of the technology museum in Milan and an unexpected gala dinner in an exceptional setting – on the 17th and 18th of June, CEDASPE treated its guests to pure Italian charm.
Founded in 1967 by Giorgio Giorgi, CEDASPE grew from a small factory with just three employees to an international company with three locations in Italy, a wide range of products and over 70 employees. Half a century of company history – truly an occasion for celebration.
On the evening before the anniversary event, the CEDASPE management, consisting of the three brothers Enrico, Gian Franco and Andrea Giorgi, greeted guests from all around the world on the terrace of the Novotel Milano hotel. As the sun shined, guests had the chance to drink in the Italian atmosphere, talk with one another and sample Italian food and drink.
ONE MORNING – THREE LOCATIONS
On June 18th, visitors started the day of the event with a company tour to the different location. On the tours, the CEDASPE team explained how they grew from a small business to an international company and became part of the REINHAUSEN Group in January 2016, as well as which products were at the center of production and what "Made in Italy" really means. They visited the MECAM location in Codogno first, then the location in Melegnano (SAVEM) and the CEDASPE headquarters in San Giuliano Milanese. Gian Franco and Andrea Giorgi, along with their team, demonstrated the production process for ceramic and silicone bushings, Buchholz relays, shut-off valves and conventional dehydrating breathers, explained the most important steps and addressed the specific questions of the customers.
Two generations of CEDASPE: Gian Franco, Andrea and Enrico Giorgi (from left), sons of founder Giorgio, celebrated the 50-year anniversary together with Giorgio's granddaughter Nicoletta and over 80 invited guests. As part of the festivities, the guests had the opportunity to visit the 3 company locations.
THE JOURNEY CONTINUES
The Giorgi brothers invited their guests to a truly special place for the celebration: the Leonardo da Vinci National Museum of Science and Technology in Milan, one of the most important technology and science museums in the world.
The hour-long guided tour ended in the Air & Sea Transport area. There, the Milan technology museum houses gigantic ships and airplanes, both on the floor and suspended from the ceiling. A large part of the luxury ship Conte Biancamano, from 1925, juts into the middle of the space. Inside the passenger liner of Italian shipping company Lloyd Sabaudo is the former ship's ballroom, and outside, on this evening, the CEDASPE logo shone as it was displayed on the bridge.
The symbolic weight of the venue had an enormous impact and generated excitement for the evening's gala in the museum. Tables were set for dinner between the Conte Biancamano ocean liner and the ship "Ebe Schooner", launched in 1921 under the name San Giorgio. The symbolic location was chosen deliberately: there is still a lot the CEDASPE staff wants to accomplish with customers, suppliers and partners, and new territory they would like to conquer.
Backed by its own rich history, the CEDASPE team is looking forward to journeying on together as part of the REINHAUSEN Group. Gian Franco Giorgi (Managing Partner and son of founder Giorgio Giorgi), Frank Schickedanz (CST) and Alexander Lodig (MS-V) emphasized that in their speeches, speaking on behalf of the company. "Not every company gets the chance to look back on a history of 50 years – this is an achievement, owed especially to the Giorgi family, and a reason to celebrate," said Schickedanz. "We are happy to be part of this event and to be able to celebrate this anniversary with our Italian colleagues."
As one big family, the CEDASPE team celebrated their 50-year company history in traditional Italian fashion in May with an employee event at the restaurant "Antica Osteria La Rampina" with a traditional Italian meal. "Our employees are like a big family to us – they have grown with us and without their dedication, CEDASPE would not be what it is today," said Gian Franco Giorgi.