From its inception 50 years ago, Gralpe has been involved in the extraction, processing and marketing of granite for construction, landscape and streetscape works. In the beginning, the techniques used were very primitive compared to today, with quality depending greatly on the dedication and skills of its workforce. Over the years modern techniques have been introduced and the company has gained a reputation for quality and reliability in all its quarries and factories but it has retained the traditional skills in its workforce. As a result, many customers have remained with the company continuously from those early days.
In order to further grow the business and to include other partners, I founded Rogranit - Sociedade de Granitos do Norte, Lda - in 1978. This company has proved very effective in further developing the European market, all the time complimenting the work that Gralpe was already doing. However, with both companies working closely in parallel, it became clear that the structure would be much simplified by a merger which took place at the end of 2007.
More recently and due to changes in the marketplace, in 2001 I had the opportunity to
purchase Grantax – Fornecedores de Granitos, Lda.
This posed a major challenge and only after consulting many trusted friends and in particular my wife, Laurentina, did I proceed. Grantax specialised in sawing and processing dimension stone and also had two excellent fine grained granite quarries so this company also had the potential to compliment Gralpe and Rogranit. As of 2014, all the companies are merged into one RG Rogranit Grantax – Granitos, Lda., greatly improving efficiency and performance. The new fully-developed company website will soon be available, combining the activities of all the operations.
A WORD OF APPRECIATION
I have a great many people to thank for their help and encouragement throughout these years. There have been obstacles to overcome and sacrifices needed. Throughout, friends and employees alike have provided so much support. I cannot list them all here, but I will not forget those to whom I owe so much and I thank them for everything. I trust they are all willing and happy to join "GRUPO FILINTO", a symbolic home for all those friends and colleagues who, directly or indirectly, have helped us to get to where we are now.
I am very fortunate that, at my advanced age, I can still enjoy participating in the company whilst endeavoring to pass on my principles, experience and knowledge to the next generation. It is a pleasure to see the progress they are making.
Filinto Moreira Monteiro