A name to live up to...
The Selvaggio Story
Joe Selvaggio, the founder of Selvaggio Ornamental & Structural Steel Inc., trained in welding and management while serving our country, during World War II. After the war, he worked his way up to a foreman position with another local steel company when his desire to do his own creative work, led him to founding his own business in 1957.
Joe became an expert craftsman known for exceptional ornamental iron designs and his work ethic. He was supported by his wife Helen and his brother and partner, Jasper Selvaggio, as the business grew and thrived in Springfield.
Sons, Mark and Tony, started as teenagers with the company at entry-level positions, learning the business from the ground up as welders, machine operators and painters, often working after school and weekends as needed.
In the early 80’s, the company was focused on the future, with Mark and Tony training to take over the business. Joe’s ultimate goal was to keep the company moving forward with investments in equipment that was unprecedented at the time. Joe emphasized continuous quality improvement and fabrication techniques that to this day, are still practiced at Selvaggio Steel Inc.
Later, the daughter, Michelle, joined the business to serve as comptroller, strengthening the management team.
When Joe became ill and passed away in 1985, he left his family a company that was well-positioned for growth and more importantly, he left a solid name in the industry and community.
The younger Selvaggio's stepped in where their father left off; growing the company from a five-person operation to what it is today, with 30 employees. While many of Joe’s original ideas and work flow strategies are still in use today, the processes are carried out with state-of-the-art fabrication equipment and computer technology, often developed with Selvaggio Steel's direct input.
Today, Selvaggio Steel remains dedicated to being an innovative company in the steel industry. During the past 20 years, Selvaggio Steel has become a primary testing location for new computerized production equipment that both increases the efficiency of operations and produces high-quality materials.