For.El Inaugurates New Headquarters in July

by Ellen Giard

More than 1,000 people participated in the inauguration of For.El. S.p.A.'s new headquarters located in Roncade (Venice), Italy, on July 14. The company was founded in 1976 by Fortunato Vianello and today is a manufacturer of machinery for flat glass and insulating glass production.

Among those who attended the ceremony were Marco Stradiotto, undersecretary for economic development, the mayor of Roncade and Senator Mrs. Simonetta Rubinato. All of the company's staff, their families and many suppliers and customers also attended. One of the special guests was Stefano Salvian, the company's first employee, who started at the age of 15.

Fortunato Vianello, the founder of For.El. S.p.A., spoke at the inauguration of the company's new headquarters in Roncade (Venice), Italy.

Vianello said his company symbolises a Venetian (and winning) way of doing business. He explained that a firm grows up if everyone grows up, too: the entrepreneur, the territory and the workers.

The company's new broad production area is split between two locations, Roncade (Treviso) and Meolo (Venice), and covers an overall surface of 19,000 square meters. It is equipped with modern processing machines and tools. The new production plant is also divided into different processing departments: set-up, coating, turning, milling, warehouse and prototype development.

The administrative area covers three levels and includes about 30 offices equipped with modern data sharing, transfer and processing technologies. The new technical office is divided into two areas, technical and electronic, where prototypes designed with 3-D CAD software are developed and machines are continuously improved and refined.

Additional features include an internal canteen with more than 100 seats, a recreational area, a tennis court, a beach volley field and a library that houses a variety of industry-related periodicals.

Ellen Giard is editor of USGlass magazine.