began his own activity in 1952. At the age of 27 he opened in Bruno
Buozzi street a small shop for the overhauling of motors and mechanical
units of heavy motor vehicles as well of their components.
Having noticed his engagement, professionalism and great achievements,
important companies in the field of heavy motor vehicles offered
him to service their customers, including the German ZF
and FIAT, Iveco and another
German company, Voith, wich brought innovations
in the field of automatism.
As a consequence of the remarkable increase of his activity, in
1965 Rocco Longo gave strong impulse to the developement of his
company buying a 5.000 square metres ground located at the beginning
of via Santa Caterina (Santa Caterina road), on which he built a
shed covering about 2.500 square metres.
Among the first recognitions, the Italian Academy for Economical
and Social Development gave him a honour parchement as
an author of progress of Apulia and for "his active contribution
to the social and cultural development of his land as well as for
the eminent moral virtues that make of him an author of the welfare
of the community". Some years later Rocco Longo also got the
prestigious title of 'Cavaliere del Lavoro' (Knight of Industry).
With the acquisition of the Service Center of Breda-Menarinibus,
Rocco Longo's company extended its influence to the neighbouring
regions of Basilicata, Calabria and Abruzzo-Molise.
This remarkable progress was possible thanks to the contribution
of Rocco's sons Vincenzo and Andrea,
both high-qualified experts who attend all refresher courses and
hold informed about technological innovations. Their skill has reached
such a level that they are invited for surveys and controls even
from central and northern Italy.
Therefore, the Officine Meccaniche Longo (mechanical
shops Longo) represent today the best you can get in southern Italy
in the field of diagnosises and overhauls, also because we have
special stands and test benches for any unit and highly specialised
and qualified workers. After those achievements the Officine Meccaniche
Longo (mechanical shops Longo) celebrate their 50 years from the
foundation in view of a further extension of their seat.