The Origins

The link between our family and the "iron", the noblest of metals, is rooted deep in the past.
Documents dating back to the eighteenth century describe the role of the family as Metal Workers and
Blacksmiths in Marquises Florenzi’s court, who were, at the time, the rulers of the estate of Colombella
and surrounding areas.
This role and activity have continued over time, without interruption, and have remained unchanged for
centuries, in a protected, crystallized rural dimension, far away from the epochal changes that were taking
place around the world.
Some signs of progress and modernization occurred during the first half of the twentieth century, between
the two World Wars, thanks to the first mechanical machines and, most of all, thanks to a slowly evolving
national situation and to the development of the first industrial centres around the large cities.
  • 1934 - The first lorries. The house in the background, with the workshop on the ground floor

The fifties

World War II brought great disorders and, later, great misery. Francesco Mannocci and his three young
sons Otello, Anacleto and Giampiero carried out the activity during these years.
In 1946, at the age of 20, Anacleto, emigrated to France in search of better living conditions and found a
job there in an engineering company, thus keeping, with great satisfaction, his job as a "blacksmith".
Meanwhile, his father Francesco and his brothers carried forward the family business in Italy. In 1955,
after 9 years, Anacleto came back home. In the meantime, Italy’s conditions had improved, and
opportunities for development and growth could be seen on the horizon. The three brothers decided to
build a new small workshop, a hundred meters away from the historical family one
  • 1955 – The first small workshop
  • Interior
  • Interior

The Sixties

Then the economic boom years arrive; in Italy there is a need to build everything, starting from the
warehouses, which will be the headquarters of new factories. The company became specialized in the
production of tie-beams, key elements of the typical vaulted warehouses of the time. The company "F.lli
O.A.G. Mannocci s.n.c." is created.
The small workshop is no longer sufficient and the construction of the first plant began. On the outskirts of the Colombella town.
  • leaflet of the Sixties
  • la costruzione del nuovo stabilimento - primi anni '60
  • Anni '60
  • Anni '60
  • 1965 - costruzione di silos per cereali

During the Sixties, the Italian agricultural sector changed radically: sharecropping ended, the agricultural industry took the place of the large landowners and country squires. Mechanization was replacing the work of animals and people. The old barns were no longer sufficient for containing grain, barley and crops and the old water-powered millstones were unsuitable. During these years, the company specialized in the construction of cereal storage and processing machineries, such as silos and mills.

 

  • 1934 - The first lorries. The house in the background, with the workshop on the ground floor

The Seventies

Drawing on the experience it had acquired in the construction of agri-food plants, the company gradually expanded to other sectors of the nascent Italian industry. Particularly, the cement industry.

  • leaflet of the early Seventies
  • leaflet of the early Seventies

During the Seventies, the company grew and acquired ever-increasing experience and production capacity.

The orders were increasing in number and importance. More space was needed. The Colombella factory was more than doubled, but it was still not enough.

  • 1972
  • second half of the  Seventies
  • Seventies
  • Seventies

The company was looking far ahead and needed more room to develop. A large plot of land was purchased in the new industrial area of Pieve Pagliaccia, less than a kilometre away, and the construction of a new large plant was launched. A new company was founded, with a corporate structure more suited to the dimensions achieved, the MANNOCCI S.r.l. which will later become the COSMAN S.r.l. This name results from the contraction of COStruzioni MANnocci.

  • costruzione del nuovo stabilimento di Pieve Pagliaccia - seconda metà anni '70
  • costruzione del nuovo stabilimento di Pieve Pagliaccia - seconda metà anni '70
  • costruzione del nuovo stabilimento di Pieve Pagliaccia - seconda metà anni '70

The Eighties

The Eighties began and the company continued its development path with great momentum. MANNOCCI has become a nationally well-known name in the field of industrial plants. The small company of the Fifties has evolved into a structured company, equipped with a cutting-edge technical department that designs and manages the construction of plants of overriding national importance. It now has its own commercial structure and participates in the most important industry trade fairs.

  • Eighties
  • Eighties
  • Eighties
  • Eighties
  • Eighties
  • Eighties
  • Eighties
  • Eighties
  • Eighties
  • Eighties

During these years the company is involved in the construction of well-rounded industrial plants, such as:

 

  • WASTE DISPOSAL

Carpentries and machines for waste disposal plants, consisting of: belt conveyors, chain conveyors, sifters, air separators, a special machine for handling and processing.

 

  • THERMAL POWER STATIONS

Constructions and works in several ENEL power stations, i.e.: air ducts, flue gas ducts, mills, fans, burners, coal silos, fuel oil tanks.

Silos for pulverized coal.

Silos for sized coal.

Ash evacuation systems for ENEL power stations consisting of: metal structures, silos, conveyors, filters, unloaders, etc.

Steam vents silencers for ENEL.

 

  • CONCRETE PRODUCTION AND BATCHING

Machines, cyclones and pipes for cement factories.

Cyclonic towers for cement factories.

Mortar manufacturing systems for plasters and masonry, consisting of: metal structures, silos, mills, sifters, air separators, mixing machinery, dosing and weighing machinery, conveyor belts and screw conveyors, bucket, chain and belt elevators, sagging and palletizing systems.

Lime production systems, consisting of: raw material silos, kiln, loading, unloading and processing machinery.

Steel constructions for cement processing departments (raw grinding, cooked grinding, raw material storage, finished products storage, etc.)

Over 100 meters high steel chimneys.

 

  • FOOD FARMING

Milling systems consisting of: chain and screw conveyors, bucket elevators, vibrating extractors, mills, sifters, scales, pneumatic conveying systems, dedusting plants, electrical systems and control panels.

Sugar storage and processing systems, consisting of: warehouse, conveyors, bucket elevators, scraping sifters, scales, suction systems, filters, conditioning systems, electrical systems, control panels.

Various machines for sugar processing.

Bran and flour storage facilities

Cereal drying and storage systems, consisting of: metal silos, chain conveyors, bucket elevators, drying systems, dedusting plants, temperature control systems, electrical system and control panels.

Stainless steel tanks for hydrogen peroxide storage.

  • Eighties
  • Eighties
  • Eighties
  • Eighties
  • Eighties
  • Eighties
  • Eighties
  • Eighties

In the same period, a new company - MECMAN - is founded; its aim is the construction of overhead cranes and other industrial lifting equipment.

  • Mecman
  • Mecman
  • Mecman

The Nineties

During the Nineties, European and global great socio-economic changes, along with Italian socio-political upheavals, greatly affected the national industrial system and led the construction of large industrial plants to a setback.

The corporate group must now face a serious crisis and in the middle of the decade a deep restructuring is required.

The corporate governance changed, with a swapping and rationalization, but the company managed to remain completely in the hands of family members; Emilio Rosi and Carlo Mannocci.

The "F.lli O.A.G. Mannocci" ceased its activity and the Colombella plant, which at this point was behind the times, was sold.

 

Although MECMAN was enjoying the respect of customers and competitors thanks to the renowned and undisputed quality of its products, its dimensions were insufficient to perform the necessary economy of scale to compete in its market, therefore this division was ceased as well.

Every effort is now being focused on COSMAN, in the Pieve Pagliaccia site, where in the meantime the construction of a second warehouse had begun. Despite the difficulties, such construction is completed during these years.

 

The company upheld the tradition of industrial plants by maintaining a production line of plants for the processing of bituminous conglomerates, in particular insulated silos for hot storage of asphalt, fixed, self-foldable and mobile, with wheels, equipped with handling and dosing systems. Ovens, dryers, silos, transporters, cyclones.

This activity, contrary to the past, is carried out serially and on behalf of third parties for a leading multinational company.

 

At the same time, and with a wide entrepreneurial view, the company is gradually being redirected towards the series production of components for industrial machines, and started to produce on behalf of important customers, both national and international.

  • Nineties
  • Nineties
  • Nineties
  • Nineties
  • Nineties
  • Nineties
  • Nineties
  • Nineties
  • Nineties
  • Nineties
  • Nineties

The 2000s and today

The 2000s sees the definitive success of the company in the field of industrial machinery production. As a matter of fact, thanks to its ability, efficiency and production quality, Cosman S.r.l. has been able to attract a wider customer base comprising worldwide large manufacturers of various types of industrial machines. In this way, Cosman Letd. has expanded its market in Europe and globally.

  • The 2000s and today
  • The 2000s and today
  • The 2000s and today
  • The 2000s and today
  • The 2000s and today
  • The 2000s and today

As of today, the machinery division is the company's core business

  • The 2000s and today
  • The 2000s and today
  • The 2000s and today
  • The 2000s and today
  • The 2000s and today
  • The 2000s and today
  • The 2000s and today
  • The 2000s and today

During these years, two new business units are introduced, TECNOMAT S.r.l. and TECNIPA S.r.l., which are specialized in specific segments of the production process or in specific product lines. These units, together with COSMAN S.r.l. form a strong and complete group. At the same time, the production site is expanded and modernized. A process of expansion that is still ongoing.

 

The company is strengthening, investing, producing.

With passion and confidence, with its memory in the past and its look into the future.

Pieve Pagliaccia - october 2017

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