Lofthouse Manufacturing is part of a larger group of companies under the group name of H.U.G. The Group, represented by the initials of the founder of the parent company, Holding Umberto Gnutti, has roots dating back to 1860 as a gunsmith forge.
Developing and converting the business, Umberto Gnutti would later take over the limited company with his sons, founding Almag in 1946, which specialized in the hot forging of copper , brass and aluminum alloys.
Almag S.p.A. soon became the 2nd largest producer of brass rod in Italy and the 3rd largest in Europe. To get there, the company diversified by turning scrap into brass ingots.
Giorgio Gnutti decided to acquire Brawo S.p.A. in 1976 (active until 1989 under the company name “Metalstampati Bonomi”) and transferred all the hot forging operations from Almag S.p .A. to Brawo S.p .A..
The decision proved to be a successful one. By the mid 90’s, under his counsel and his son’s management, Brawo S.p.A. became what it is today, a worldwide leader in the supply of brass, copper and aluminum components.
Another aspect of Brawo’s industrial development is the many initiatives it took which allowed the formation of a synergistic and comprehensive industrial group. Because of these initiatives, it was able to operate in complete productive autonomy. The group is also geographically strategic with Brawo S.p.A., (operating from northern Italy), Brawo Brass working Ltd. (operating in Canada as Lofthouse Manufacturing), Brawo USA Inc. in the United States, and Emmebi S.r.l. in Italy.
These companies jointly create BRAWO’s world within the HUG group.
Left: Giorgio Gnutti Right: Gabrielle Gnutti
Pictured Above: Umberto Gnutti