In 1937, Rodolfo Squinzi founded MAPEI as a small family business in Milan, Italy. Looking to fill a void in the local construction industry by manufacturing interior and exterior paints and masonry repair products for commercial buildings, airports and hospitals, Squinzi established the company with only three employees. He named it “Materiali ausiliari per l’edilizia e l’industria,” for which MAPEI is now the acronym.
Production originally began in Squinzi’s family home on Via Cafiero in the late 1930s. As the company grew, it became difficult to navigate around the center of Milan, so the company decided to purchase land in Mediglia, about 10 miles southeast. In 1975, the facility was moved and production began shortly after