The business is one of Greater Sudbury’s oldest and most venerated businesses and it celebrated its 100th anniversary July 26. Today, the company is one of Ontario’s leading general and civic contractors.
The legacy actually began in 1903 when Augustino, a mason newly emigrated from Italy, founded Cecchetto Construction in Copper Cliff’s Little Italy, according to a news release from the mayor's office.
The company’s legacy includes countless projects for Inco and Falconbridge, such as the iconic headframes of the Frood Stobie and Creighton mines. Other landmarks include Sudbury's Canadian Post Office, the University of Sudbury and Christ the King Church.
As well, the company has built countless schools, churches, government buildings, power and control dams and major sewer and water projects all across the region.
The company also sponsored waves of Italian immigration into Sudbury in the boom period following the Second World War to meet the demand for skilled and unskilled labour.
“The history of Cecchetto and Sons is the history of Sudbury,” Mayor Matichuk, who presented the family with plaques recognizing their contributions to the city, said. “This company – this family – has literally built this community from the ground up. I thank the Cecchetto family for 100 years of service to the City of Greater Sudbury and all the communities that came before it.”
Today, the company is run by the grandsons of Augustino — Anthony, John, Dennis and Ron Cecchetto — with a fourth generation on the way.
With Greater Sudbury on the cusp of a $6-billion investment and construction boom, the future looks bright for the city and its contractors, Matichuk said.
“Greater Sudbury is poised for a significant building boom,” she said. “No doubt, Cecchetto and Sons will play a major role in this growth spurt — as it always has — and will serve Greater Sudbury with distinction for another 100 years.”
Posted by Arron Pickard