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1917: How It Started

Joseph (Giuseppe) J. Albanese was born in 1917 in San Jose, Calif., to Antonio and Maria, two Italian immigrants who moved to the United States in the early1900s. Like so many immigrant families in the early 20th century, Joe and his five older brothers and sisters learned quickly that there was no substitute for hard work as they pursued the American Dream.

After returning from serving in World War II, Joe worked for his older brother, Carmen, who later founded Central Concrete. Joe realized his passion for concrete construction and decided to break amicably from his brother to start his own company.

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1955: Joseph J. Albanese Inc. Founded 

Joe founded Joseph J. Albanese, Inc. in 1955 with the desire to be the best cement contracting company—not necessarily the biggest. He was meticulous when it came to quality and customer service. His attention to detail and unrelenting focus on his clients created the foundation for what Joseph J. Albanese is today.

Joe ran the company through the mid-1980s when he retired and passed the torch to his son John, who had been going to work with his father since he was just six years old. Growing up with the company, John saw firsthand his father’s passion for a quality concrete product.