Quote:Our company was founded in the twilight of the 19th century, specifically in 1891, when Pietro Martegani and his wife Ida decided to set up a shoe factory. The historical context in which the company began operating included the founding of the first Labour Board in Milan; an economic and financial slump that led the ministry of finance to propose higher taxes; the government's resignation and a new premier who imposed a policy of austerity; demonstrations, protests and clashes between workers and police, which resulted from unemployment and an increase in the cost of living; migration from the country to the cities, which stripped the former of its population and caused undisciplined settlement of the latter; and Pope Leo XIII who "offered" Catholics the hope of intervention in economic and social matters, with his encyclical entitled, "Rerum Novarum". As you can see, it was not a rosy time at all. Yet Martegani's entrepreneurial spirit could not be discouraged and the staff of theLegnano factory already numbered fifty employees by 1911. Just before World War I, Martegani moved his business to Tradate. After the conflict, the company began a period of expansion both in Italy and abroad (in Austria, Germany, Yugoslavia and Syria). In the 1920s, Ettore Martegani, Pietro's son, took the helm of the company, whose staff reached 150 in 1926. Working with his sisters and his father Ettore, Romano Martegani founded a new company in 1957 called "Calzaturificio di Tradate di R. Martegani & C. S.a.s.". In 1959, its name was changed to "Romart Calzaturificio Martegani di R. Martegani & C.", which was replaced with "Calzaturificio Martegani di R. Martegani & C." when stock capital was increased in 1973. In 1985, now with 66 employees and a subsidiary in the United States, the company converted into a limited liability partnership and the "Romano Martegani" brand name became a standard of reference for Italian shoes in the USA. These years have seen showrooms open in New York, Hong Kong and Singapore, as well as the company's hundredth anniversary. After a period when daughters Antonia and Marialuisa helped manage the company, Romano Martegani conducted it up to the present. But in doing so, he has not changed its image or the target group of its products. The common denominator between 1891 and the present is an economic slowdown, which has afflicted us for some time. A remedy that virtually all manufacturing companies are adopting (especially in the fashion sector) is the use of foreign labour. This significantly lowers costs, but also reduces product quality and is causing us to lose our manufacturing know-how. To prevent this, "Romano Martegani", at the dawn of the new millennium, is looking for new partners, but not on the financial end; rather, we are seeking new associates on the manufacturing side. Manpower is the primary "component" of our products, and quality labour is the "material" that is hardest to come across. Applying over one hundred years of experience in the shoe manufacturing sector, the new company structure of "Romano Martegani" is enabling it to create in Italy so it can excite the world.
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7/5/04 at 1:47pm