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Abigroup celebrates 50th anniversary

13 April 2011

Leading engineering and construction company Abigroup celebrated a major milestone today as the company turned 50.

Events were held at most Abigroup sites and offices around Australia to mark 13 April 1961 when Italian emigrant Gennaro “Jim” Abignano first registered his small Sydney earthmoving business as G.Abignano Ltd.

Fifty years on and several name changes later, the company that Jim created now has a turnover of $2.5 billion and is one of Australia’s leading and most diverse contractors with expert teams delivering works in areas including roads, buildings, rail, mining services, water, tunnels, bridges, telecommunications and energy.






Celebrations in Abigroup's Melbourne office. L to R: Owen Cheek (Rail), Nicki Muir (Building), Frank Taverna (one of the company's oldest employees), Karola Clarke (Engineering), Brian Moody (another long-term employee), Jarrod Boucher (Telco & Energy) & Mick McGuire (long-term employee)

Managing Director David Jurd, who has been with the company since 1991 starting as a Site Engineer, puts the success of the company down to its hands-on, no nonsense culture.

"The fundamentals of what we do have never changed,” said David.

“That’s probably the thing I’m proudest about – we bat at the big end of town now and people recognise that we’re straight shooters. We’re the same as decades before, but now we’re a $2.5 billion business.’

Abigroup has an order book of $5 billion – its largest ever - as the company enters its 50th year.

A high quality book about the company’s history has been produced and every current Abigroup employee will be given one as an anniversary present.

The book contains interviews with employees both past and present who have played their part in the development of the company.

Keynote interviews include the company’s founder Gennaro Abignano, former Managing Directors John Cassidy and Peter Brecht - who is currently Lend Lease’s Managing Director Infrastructure and President of the Australian Constructors Association - and current Abigroup Managing Director David Jurd.

Read chapters from the 50th Anniversary book:

The Early Years 1961 - 1980
A Public Company 1980 - 1986
Rebuilding the Business 1986 - 1994
The Big League 1994 - 2004
A Leading Contractor 2004 - to date

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