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Pisani Receives 2019 Malcolm Baldrige Award

By The Waterbury Regional Chamber


Giuseppe N. “Joe” Pisani, owner of Pisani Steel Fabrication Inc., was honored with the 2019 Malcolm Baldrige Community Award during the event’s 25th anniversary dinner, held Sept. 25, 2019, at the Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville.


Since 1995, the Malcolm Baldrige Community Award has become the business community’s most prestigious award. Named in honor of Malcolm Baldrige, the former Secretary of State under President Ronald Reagan, the award recognizes individuals whose commitment to the Waterbury community has been exemplified by vision and leadership in the ar ea of economic development and growth.


Founded in 1987 as a welding company, Pisani Steel has grown over the years and now employs 10 people and serves a growing customer base, providing fabricated steel for a variety of municipal, commercial and industrial buildings throughout New England and New York, as well as for sculptures and other works of art. Pisani is best known for providing the materials and manpower to build the new, modern cross for Holy Land.


The 52-foot-tall cross stands on a hill overlooking Interstate 84 on Waterbury’s east side, and is a familiar icon in the city.


As he accepted the award during the event, which was attended by about 400 people, Pisani was quick to say that others had contributed to creating the new cross. He thanked the Waterbury Regional Chamber for presenting him with the honor, saying he was “profoundly grateful.” He added that, “It’s difficult not to be successful when you’re surrounded by greatness, and I include each and every one of you in this room as part of my family as well.”


In addition to Pisani, the Chamber also presented William J. Palomba of Blasius Chevrolet Cadillac and vice chairman of public policy for the Chamber, with its Leadership Award, and Donna M. Johnson of Diagnostic Radiology Associates with its Volunteer of the Year award.