12 episodes to explore Fami’s adventure
From a small artisanal workshop, to a big engineering industry, a family reality that was able to respond to market changes through the years. If we should summarise Fami’s history in a few words, these would be enough, but we would run the risk of forgetting events, people and products that have marked the history of this company.
We like to see Fami’s story as a series of pieces that, put together, create a puzzle of a successful company, that through the years has been able to grow and improve in the industrial furniture market thanks to customers satisfaction and employees work. The latter are the foundation on which the company is built: Fami’s beating heart.
In this page you will revisit the most important and significant stages of Fami’s adventure. Are you ready for this journey?
Bassano del Grappa railway station
Our adventure starts in the early 1900s. Bassano del Grappa railway station was the symbol of labour migration: workers left the countryside to work in the city because of havocs and calamities. Bassano started to see the birth of the first industries, professing its “entrepreneurial soul” for ironwork. In these years, Fami’s founder Mario Milani was born and, since youth, he discovered and devoted himself to its passion for iron.
The beginning of Fami with the name of “Officina Mario Milani”
It was the 1929 when Mario Milani established “Officina Mario Milani” in a small room in his backyard in Ca’ Molin. At first, he dealt with small repairs, like countrymen’s tools, but then he understood the importance of taking part in tenders. In this way he started to obtain works of higher value. Work started to increase, and Mario decided to collaborate with Giovanni Artuso, a friend, but, most of all, a humble person, gifted with the typical Venetian laboriousness.
Registration at the Chamber of Commerce, 1940
A month after Italy’s entrance in war, the economy of Bassano began to feel the weight of the conflict: the lack of raw materials put different companies in crisis. Despite the not-so-bright environment, Mario Milani registered the Officina at the Chamber of Commerce. Fami’s founder was far-sighted and from 1934 he had already changed the company’s route, specialising the production in products for hospitals, sanatoriums, schools and religious institutes. These were the places that would be spared by the war, guarantying Mario clients for his products. His fame and the quality of his work helped him win the order for the production of Parco Parolini’s fence, still visible today in Bassano. In these years, the arrival of the first tool machineries marked the beginning of the transition from a small artisanal business to an industrial company.