THE COMPANY, HISTORY AND VALUES
Gigola & Riccardi S.p.A. was founded in 1986, when the co-founder Antonio Gigola, former entrepreneur in the poultry breeding industry, decided to exploit his handcraft capability to start up a new business, together with his partner Giuseppe Riccardi.
From 1986 till 1990 the focus of the company was the production and installation of agricultural machinery.
In 1995 the company started producing light traps for breedings and patented an innovative, efficient and easy-to-assemble plastic pad light trap system, which was patented in 1995 and was awarded as the “best invention of the year” from the Atlanta world famous poultry exhibition.
In 1998 the company started producing cooling pads as a necessary complement for the fans in the poultry segment (70/90 cooling pad) and later on started producing 50/90 cooling pads which are mainly addressed for humidification in other industries, rather than poultry (e.g. greenhouses, industrial, and others). According to the philosophy of the company and its innovative spirit in 2004 a new Cooling & Darkening pad was patented.
This product is still today unique and exclusive all over the world. This special z-pattern pad combines a higher cooling efficiency, compared to the classic pattern cooling pads with a darkening property that doesn’t allow light passage and increases performance with a lower pressure loss.
The success of the fans production was motivated by the quality of the products provided: robustness, durability, easy maintenance and performance (airflow and energy efficiency) have always been the key drivers on which the company has been building its reputation since almost 25 years.
In march 2015 the co-founder Antonio Gigola decided to retire from work and new partners (a group of entrepreneurs from Brescia) joined the company. The other former partner Mr. Adino Gritti, chief of pad production and the co-founder Mr. Giuseppe Riccardi chief of fans production are still working within the company. Mr. Pietro Seccamani Mazzoli has been appointed as the new CEO.
In january 2016 the company decided to improve the quality of its cooling pads by introducing a new resin that has better features in terms of sun exposure resistance and environmental impact. This new formula has been adopted on all the cooling pads under production.
In december 2016 a new fan called HP140, with better performances in terms of capacity and efficiency, expecially in sheds with high pressures, has been launched with an immediate response from the market.
In february 2017 a new cooling pad called 70/60 (angles 45/15) has been released. It is an alternative to the existing pads 70/90 (angles 45/45) and indicated to reduce pressure drops.
In march 2017 the company added an incremental surface of approx. 1500 mq. to its headquarter in Cazzago San Martino (BS) – Italy, in order to benefit from the following new facilities:
– A new office;
– An additional warehouse;
– A new laboratory with a new testing bench (compliant with AMCA regulation), for fans, and with a new testing bench for cooling pads;
Gigola & Riccardi S.p.A. is always willing to keep on growing as a company, by investing on research and development of new products, and to provide its clients with the best production standard in response to the modern requirements.