Glasgow Business Celebrates 100 Years of Family History
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND -- Scotland’s oldest and largest ceramic, wall and floor covering specialist is celebrating its 100-year anniversary with a nostalgic look back at its roots.
In 1912, Alberto Domenico De Cecco, a talented young artisan, made the journey from his Italian hometown to Glasgow and began what was to become a long and prosperous career in tiling with the launch of A De Cecco seven years later.
A De Cecco’s reputation as a Terrazzo and mosaic specialist grew, working across the UK shipbuilding industry with iconic projects such as the QE2 built at John Brown’s shipyard in Clydebank and the formidable Canberra built by Harland & Wolf, Belfast for P&O liners.
As the decades and business adapted to changing demand, the third generation of the De Cecco family joined the business -- current chair, Alberto De Cecco, has been instrumental in the business’ survival and growth, diversifying from the marine industry to major construction projects.
As a result, A De Cecco has been involved in high-profile renovation projects such as the external mosaic cladding of the Hamilton County Buildings, The Burrell Museum, The Turnberry Hotel and Gleneagles Hotel.
The business is currently refurbishing stations on Glasgow Subway, some 41 years on from when the business was first contracted to supply and fit wall and floor covering to Kelvinbridge station in 1978.
“A De Cecco maintains its Italian heritage thanks to the specialist knowledge my grandfather brought with him -- I am very proud that his legacy is still going strong and that the business has been involved in some of Scotland’s biggest construction projects,” said chair, De Cecco. “The business is still based in Anderson, where my grandfather would have used a handcart to carry materials to the shipyards 100 years ago. To have maintained his legacy and the skills of his Italian tiling heritage is a real honor, and I am very proud of our staff for their hard work in delivering the quality and standards we are known for across Scotland.”