In the early days of WWI in Europe, a man named William Mario Del Zotto immigrated to the United States from his native country of Italy. He sought to escape the looming war’s imminent danger. In need of work, William Mario made his way to Duluth, Minnesota. Thanks to its location deep in the heart of the Midwest and as a busy international port, Duluth became a hotbed of wartime industrial activity. He began working as a bricklayer for the US Steel Plant in Duluth. This began his lifelong career in the concrete industry.
As a bricklayer, William Mario recognized the utility of precast concrete. Instead of constructing buildings brick by brick, it became possible to create entire structures using precast concrete products. Soon William Mario’s son, William John, became old enough to embark on his own precast concrete venture. With plenty of advice from his father, William John “Bill” founded Del Zotto Manufacturing. William Mario continued to support the business until he passed away in 1984.
Today, Del Zotto is recognized around the world as a leader in the concrete industry. In November 2014, Del Zotto Products was ranked #17 in the world among influencers in the entire concrete and cement industry. In 2016, William Mark “Billy”, grandson of William Mario and son of William John, was recognized as one of the most influential figures in the concrete industry by Concrete Construction Magazine. The company and its various divisions continue to expand throughout the country. From its humble origins in the brickyards of Duluth, Minnesota, to its current legacy as a third-generation, family-owned business Del Zotto is a true testament to the American dream.