Several decades ago a young businessman, Rodolfo Squinzi
, set out to carve his niche in the building industry and founded MAPEI as a small family business in Milan, Italy. It was his vision to fill what he perceived as a void in the local construction industry by manufacturing interior and exterior paints and masonry repair products for commercial buildings, hospitals and airports. MAPEI opened its doors on February 12, 1937, with a three-person workforce.
Under Mr. Squinzi’s guidance, MAPEI expanded its manufacturing to adhesives for laying floors and floor coverings.
The company’s first adhesives were for linoleum, later followed by setting materials for ceramic tile, stone, carpet, PVC and wood. Specialization became a hallmark of MAPEI. Always forward-thinking, Mr. Squinzi made it a personal mission to identify trends in the building and flooring industry and to stay a step ahead of those trends by bringing innovative products to market that immediately met the newly founded demands.
As the flooring industry grew, especially the Italian ceramic tile market, MAPEI recognized a need for setting materials that would make tile installation faster and more secure. MAPEI developed products that provided its customers with timesaving processes, more reliable installations and better yields.
Today, Rodolfo’s son, Dr. Giorgio Squinzi
, an industrial chemistry graduate, heads this multinational company. MAPEI has become the world’s leader in the manufacture of mortars, adhesives, grouts, sealants, waterproofing agents, additives for concrete and other specialty products for the building industry. MAPEI remains a family-owned and -operated business and is a privately held entity generating annual revenues of nearly two billion U.S. dollars. The tradition of MAPEI is one that has expanded from the Squinzi family in Italy to encircle the globe, including the Western Hemisphere (MAPEI Americas).MAPEI Americas
In the 1970s, MAPEI began expanding across Europe and, in 1978, into Canada, where Mapei Inc. housed the first manufacturing plant outside of Italy. In 1983, Nicholas Di Tempora
, a businessman from Canada, partnered with Dr. Squinzi to create MAPEI Corporation in the United States.
In the years that followed, Mr. Di Tempora strategically increased MAPEI Corporation’s presence throughout the United States. Under his leadership, MAPEI grew and expanded steadily in all parts of the Americas. The operations in the Western Hemisphere are now united under the banner of MAPEI Americas, which comprises affiliates and subsidiaries in Canada, the United States, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. In 2000, MAPEI Americas headquarters were moved to Deerfield Beach, Florida, to centralize management of the various operations.
Today, Mr. Di Tempora has passed the reins of leadership on to Luigi Di Geso
while retaining the post of Chairman of the Board of MAPEI Corporation.
Mr. Di Geso has been a member of the MAPEI business family for many years, and held the position of General Manager of MAPEI Inc., the Canadian subsidiary, from 2004 until he became President and CEO of MAPEI Americas in 2009. Mr. Di Geso is focused on using the strength of his well-integrated teams from R&D, Marketing, Sales, Customer Service and Technical Services to position MAPEI as an overall leader in the manufacture of materials for construction and the flooring industry in the Americas.