The Founder – VINCENZO FILINGERI
Originating in Palermo, Italy, the Filingeri family has been in the construction business for over a century. In Palermo, the Filingeri family had a thriving business and was well known for their ornamental ironwork. As a young boy, Vincenzo Filingeri observed and worked with his grandfather in their family-run iron shop. His early work experiences inspired his strong desire to learn and succeed.
His dream was to establish a business of his own in America. Arriving in America in 1963, he worked for a local iron shop as a master craftsman. He faced many obstacles as an immigrant in a new country; however, it did not prevent him from attaining his dream.
In 1972, due to hard work, determination and perseverance, he was able to attain the American Dream. VAM Ironworks was established. VAM Ironworks was primarily known for all facets of ironwork. The company flourished for more than a decade and Vincenzo Filingeri attained recognition for the beautifully constructed gazebo that currently stands at Washington Market Park in Manhattan on Chambers, Greenwich and West Streets. The construction of the gazebo took over three months and four employees to create and install. It was exquisitely handcrafted and finely fabricated.
In 1983, Vincenzo retired and was known by many as one of the greatest ironworkers in the State of New York.
Vincenzo’s son, Salvatore, who also as a young child worked with his father and brother Benedetto, wanted to follow his father’s footsteps and continue the family legacy. In 1986, with the help of his father, Gazebo Ironworks was formed.
The name Gazebo Ironworks was due to the recognition attained from the finely crafted gazebo. Gazebo Ironworks was successfully owned and run by Salvatore and Benedetto Filingeri later on becoming what it is known today as Gazebo Contracting Inc. Gazebo Contracting Inc. has been in existence since 1992 and has branched out into all aspects of construction. It is successfully managed by Salvatore Filingeri as President and Benedetto Filingeri as Vice-President.