Growing Up In The Business


Rob’s grandfather, Emilio Marinella was a quarterman at the Quincy Shipyard in Massachusetts prior to World War II. Emilio tried to enlist when the war broke out, but his enlistment was denied since he was deemed more valuable to the war effort as a ship builder. During his time at the shipyard 227 ships were built, many in record breaking time. After the war, ship building declined and Emilio became the Shop Foreman at Priggen Steel in Roxbury, MA. Priggen Steel was the first local metal building manufacturer in New England. Priggen Steel moved to Holbrook MA in 1963, into a new facility, built by the workers. Emilio spent the remainder of his career with Priggen.

Rob’s father Bob Marinella joined Priggen Steel in 1960. He worked there full time, as a welder/fitter, attended night school, and also held a part time job, for several years. In 1973 Bob was promoted to Detailer in the engineering department and later that year Priggen was bought by and operated as VP Buildings. Bob was then promoted to Customer Service Manager. In 1976, a long time customer approached him about building a new metal building manufacturing facility in Taunton, MA. Bob acted as consultant during the building process, and was made the Plant Manager upon completion of the project. The company, Space Metal Buildings, became the leading local supplier of metal buildings in the Northeast US during his tenure. He moved on to become the District Manager for USA in 1986, and in 1996 held the same position at A&S until his retirement in 2002.

As a child, Rob spent many days around the business. Weekends were often filled with trips to the plant, and customers service trips to job sites all over New England. Rob entered the industry in New England with Inland Buildings in 2003. In 2006 he joined Kirby, and grew their market share in the northeast, receiving an award for it in 2008. The North and South Florida positions opened up in late 2008, so Rob requested and received the transfer to South Florida,  Fred Hull took the position in North Florida. Rob remained with Kirby until Vulcan Steel recruited him as one of their first District Managers. Shortly after, in the fall of 2013, Fred Hull called to invite Rob to Mesco to be his replacement when he retired. It was an easy decision; Mesco is a division of NCILP, who owns many of the brands that you already know. Companies such as MBCI, Metl-Span, Centria, IPS, DBCI, ABC Building Components, Metal Depot as well as several other metal building divisions.

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