In 1947, with little more than a handheld saw, a few dozen boxes of nails and a commitment to excellence and hard work, Domenic Constantino started our family’s business in a 350-square-foot building tucked into the Hyde Park section of Boston. Camio, originally named Industrial Woodworking, was managed by Domenic for 15 years until his health began to fail. His oldest son, Donald, who had started building cabinets as a teenager, stepped in to take over operations. The business grew under Donald’s management and seven years later Domenic’s younger son, Robert, joined the business.
The quality of their work became well known in the industry and Industrial Woodworking outgrew the tiny shop and expanded to a 3000 square foot facility across town. Soon, Domenic’s grandson, Michael Shea, brought his talents in woodworking to the company. Not more than a year later, the company expanded yet again to a facility nearly three times the size. Within three years, new machinery and equipment was purchased and Camio became a leader in the manufacturing of frameless cabinetry in the New England region.
Camio's history is a story of commitment. Commitment to customers and employees. Commitment to old fashioned craftsmanship and state-of-the-art manufacturing. Comitment to family and community.
It wasn’t long before Donald’s wife, Cathy, began lending a hand to help keep the office humming along. His son, Gary, joined the guys in the shop full time and his younger boys, Chris and Paul, did their part during summer breaks from school. Throughout all the transitions, two valued workers, Dom and Al Ciaramella, stayed with the company and become part of the Camio family. (They are still with us today – 20+ years!) By 1990, the Canton facility could no longer keep up with the growth. Another move was on the horizon.
Their new home, a 20,000 square foot location in Weymouth, MA was set up to mass produce cabinetry to ship throughout the East Coast. Michael took over day-to-day operations in the manufacturing end of the business and Bob Ritchie, another of our valued long-time employees, was hired during this expansion. (Bob is also still part of the team – 10+ years later.) Meanwhile, Chris had completed his accounting degree at Bentley College and worked for a few years in the private sector. In 2004, he rejoined the company as Vice President of Business Operations, focusing on streamlining operations and expanding marketing, customer relations and business development efforts.
At this point, The Shop, as everyone called it, had more than 10 employees and we needed each and every one of them! It wasn't long before the industry took notice and the company was named in Wood Digest as the 49th fastest growing woodworking company in North America. The company continued to expand operations selling to areas of Florida, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, New Jersey and beyond.
The Camio story took a heartbreaking turn during this phase. Cathy, who had a warm smile for everyone, started to fade. Our beloved wife, mother and friend was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. After 47 years of working in the business, Donald retired to care for her. Chris and Michael began taking over the management of the business and in 2011 officially purchased the business from Robert and Donald. Robert, who was vital to ensuring a smooth transition, retired at the end of 2011 after his 42 years of service to the company.
With the third generation at the helm, Chris as the President and Michael as the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, a new chapter had begun. In a changing industry and economy, Chris and Michael focused on two things, 1) value – keeping costs competitive without sacrificing quality and 2) doing what set them apart – custom work. They moved the company back to Canton into a 12,000 square foot facility and invested in high efficiency, state-of-the-art equipment. During the intense downturn in the economy, Camio continued to move judiciously forward and their commitment to the “Camio family” was unwavering. Not one worker was laid off.
With shrewd optimism as a guide, the company continued to do well and, in 2012 with an eye towards more growth, Camio hired a new member of the management team, Rob Gray as the General Manager. Rob brought his eleven years of experience in the commercial market to Camio to foster the continued growth of Camio's commercial division.
Camio's history is a story of commitment. Commitment to customers and employees. Commitment to old fashioned craftsmanship and state-of-the-art manufacturing. Commitment to family and community.
Camio's success shows that a company, right here in America, can manufacture a cabinet it is proud to produce, a builder is proud to recommend and a customer is proud to have in their workplace or home.
It just takes a commitment to excellence and hard work.