The adventure of Giacobazzi’s family in the production of wood floorings began in the 30s when 12-year-old Renzo was hired in a company in the city of Sassuolo, well known even today for the production of ceramics. That company produced, in addition to ceramics, wood floorings.
The so-called “paved parquets” (this name comes from the fact that, on the back side of the wooden board, a strip of hot tar was applied) were directly placed on fresh cement. Back then, glues didn’t exist and tar was used to attach the wooden board directly to the foundation and, in the meantime, to protect it from its excessive humidity.
After the experience in Sassuolo, he became executive in a factory located in Castelfranco Emilia called PAC (Pavimenti Asfaltati Castelfranco), whose invoices and old catalogues are saved, and he included in the production also his wife Rosanna and his son Franco, who was around 13 years old at the time. It was the end of the 50s.
When the owner of PAC decided to close the business in 1964, Renzo took away all the machinery that was needed for the production and moved again to Sassuolo where he started making timber flooring in his own company called PGS (Parchettificio Giacobazzi Sassuolo). His son Franco, who was 20 years old by then, went on with the business.
In the meantime, the progress in chemistry led to the conception of a new product that was appropriate for laying, therefore the use of tar was abandoned.
In those years people used to go Yugoslavia or to Poland for the provisions of rough materials, mainly oak. The so-called “frise”, sectioned rough boards, would arrive tied into packages, put randomly into wagons and redirected to Sassuolo. They were unloaded package by package, passing from hand to hand, and would be later worked.
In 1970 the factory moved from Sassuolo to Fiorano Modenese, where the new company Giacobazzi & C. was built, led by the son who became the production manager and is still in charge today.
The production of wood floorings changed significantly during these 80 years.
The memories of those years come to our minds and seem so far, especially far from this technological and digital era. However, we claim that it is very important to preserve and convey this history.
The wish to keep on searching for news shapes and artisanal finishings that intertwine the present and contemporary time with the past is still strong and profound.