Generation Stoneworks started at the home of Joe and Rose Castagnola, and since then it has grown to a company with two fabrication facilities and an office building, housing 16 employees.
Joe started out in the business as a draftsman apprentice with John Scott, the chief draftsman at Allied Stone Company. In 1971 when John left Allied and co-founded North American Industries, Joe went with him and worked there until 1988. He briefly left on two occasions to work as a project manager/draftsman for two large public projects but was drawn back to North American Industries because of his love for stone.
After leaving North American Industries just before it closed, Joe took the opportunity to embark on his own business venture selling natural stone where he would create shop drawings while other companies completed the fabrication process. With expertise in drafting and experience working in masonry construction, Joe saw the benefit of fabricating the jobs himself and ended up buying the former North American Industries property and equipment with his wife. In 2004, Joe’s son Joseph Jr. graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in industrial engineering and came to work with his father. In 2016 after over 45 years in the industry, Joe passed the torch to his son who is the current president of the company.