From the merger of CoopLegno and Cormo, two historic Italian door and window frame manufacturing concerns, Open.co was created: over one hundred years of experience come together in this new, efficient and competitive company.
Who we work for
The reference market consists of building worksites and specialized dealers. In recent years, new market areas have been added, starting with Large-Scale Distribution, with prestige companies such as Leroy Merlin and Obi in Italy and Castorama in France. Furthermore, in its two company showrooms, Open.co offers new products to individuals at factory prices, along with an existing-frame maintenance and refurbishing service.
The technical Office and the Research and Development area represent the heart of Open.co. Here new products are created and prototypes are developed. Here, the innovation is produced that enables Open.co to bring onto the market cutting-edge technical and aesthetic solutions, constantly upgrading quality standards.
Thanks to its heritage of know-how built up in over a century of activity, Open.co works to satisfy the requests of a customer base – professional and private – closely focused on product quality (doors, security doors and windows) increasingly more evolved in terms of aesthetics and performance.
CoopLegno: its history
CoopLegno was set up in the early post-war years (1948) in Spilamberto (MO). Initially production was seasonal and generic, but in 1955 it became an artisan joinery for the manufacture of door and window frames and packaging.
In the Sixties, the joinery also began making poplar plywood. For this purpose, a land area was acquired in the nearby municipality of Castelvetro. The decision to begin this type of production, initially complex and problematic, proved over the years to be the right one. In fact, thanks to the success of CoopLegno plywood, the Cooperative gained strength and was able to transform the artisan joinery into a modern industrial complex.
In the Seventies, a plot of land was purchased alongside the plywood facility on which to build a new factory, dedicated solely to the manufacture of doors for interiors.
In 1976, the entire production system was moved to via S. Eusebio in Castelvetro di Modena. The production capacity of the new joinery was 100,000 doors/year: suffice it to say that in 1975, in Spilamberto, the total output had been 8,000 doors. This was very definitely a big and ambitious stride forward, but, thanks to the resources produced by plywood, a number of hard years were successfully overcome.
In the Eighties, door production literally soared, to the extent that it became necessary to modernize and reorganize the company, in a product development perspective, with fresh focus on design and aesthetics.
In the early Nineties, a serious crisis hit the plywood market, but thanks to flourishing door production, it proved possible to interrupt this line of production and switch all personnel over to door manufacturing.
The year 2000 marked the start of extensive growth in door production: strong investments in production lines and alternative sales channels, along with the development of new products and an extensive promotional campaign resulted, in 2005, in 200,000 doors being made and delivered. CoopLegno thus became the number one Italian door manufacturer.
In 2012, the company strengthened its position in France by setting up a dedicated company – CoopLegno France.
Since 2009, CoopLegno has been the joint owner of Master, a leading Italian manufacturer of security doors.
CoopLegno: the figures
CoopLegno extends over an area of more than 130,000 sq m; total covered area is around 45,000 sq m (42,000 sq m dedicated to manufacturing activities and 3,000 sq m to offices). It employs 174 people, 145 of whom are shareholders. Over the past twenty years, the company’s strong determination to act correctly and responsibly with respect to people and the surrounding area has enabled it to obtain and maintain ISO 9001 quality certification, OHSAS 18001 safety certification, ISO 14001 environment certifications, and FSC certification, which ensures a correct wood supply chain. What is more, always with an attentive eye on environmental topics and the promotion of alternative energy sources, the company has built a centralized heating plant fuelled by production wastes and, in a part of its facilities, a large 3,800 sq m photovoltaic plant.
Cormo: its history
Cormo’s origins date back to 1890 when 19 carpenters set up the “Società Anonima fra Lavoranti Falegnami di Reggio Emilia” for the purpose of handcrafting frames and furnishings for the public and private sectors.
Since 1977, the company has been operating on the Italian home building market with a complete range of products and services: windows, doors, entrance doors, technical service and worksite installation. All this thanks to cooperation with the “Cooperativa Falegnami di San Martino in Rio”.
In 1990, a new facility was opened in San Martino in Rio, bringing together the production processes of the two companies. On that occasion, the current corporate name, Cormo was first used.
In 2007, Cormo built a new production facility in Bjelovar, Croatia. This new production and logistics complex represents a crucial step as regards company internationalization.
Output has now risen to over 100,000 windows, 40,000 shutters, 100,000 doors and 13,000 security doors, making Cormo one of Italy’s leading manufacturers of wooden frames.
Since May 2014, new and modern PVC window and technical door (fire door, acoustic insulation) production lines have been in operation in the S. Martino in Rio facility.
Cormo: the figures
Cormo covers an area of 110,000 sq m, 77,000 of which are dedicated to workshops and offices.
At the end of the 2013 financial year, the company had 340 employees, 152 of whom were shareholders.
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