Aug 18

Maino Construction


This picture is believed to show the first time that a barn or house had been moved in San Luis Obispo by tractor power. It is an ironic twist, up until then horses had done the job. With the advent of the age of oil the market for stables downtown was fading away. In the late 1800′s there were several stables advertising in the paper, by the early 20th century automotive advertising replaces and surpasses the horse.

The scene is the front of the courthouse on Monterey St. Cerro San Luis is barely seen through the fog.

The barn was Rowan’s livery stable. The tractor belonged to Charles Walters, father of the Walters Brothers who are in the construction business. The picture was loaned by James Maino, whose father, James J. Maino, was contractor for the moving job and who is standing with the trio just behind the tractor.

Jack Angellini, who was a member of the crew on the job places the time at about 1912.

In 2005 the San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce celebrated 100 years of service.

The following is an excerpt of that story focusing on Maino Construction. Look around the county and you can see their work including Atascadero High School’s Ewing Gym, to Cal Poly buildings, to the last two Tribune offices.

Sunday, March 6, 2005
By Leslie E. Stevens
The Tribune

Maino Construction Founded: 1881
Owner/President: Michaeline Maino, owner; son Tom Maino, president
Employees: 40 plus
Description: commercial construction contractor

Maino Construction helped build present-day San Luis Obispo.

Five successive generations of Mainos have worked on a variety of projects since Joseph Maino founded the company in 1881. Examples include at least six local elementary schools, the main San Luis Obispo fire station, the original Downtown Centre, three historic adobe retrofits, the Cal Poly sports complex and numerous other campus buildings.

The city’s oldest commercial construction company also is known for its generous donations of time, money, materials and labor for such local community projects as the Prado Day Center homeless facility and restrooms for Cal Poly’s Baggett Stadium.

The company’s current president, Tom Maino, attributes the success of his family’s business to “perseverance, hard work and treating employees and owners equitably.” Despite huge improvements in equipment and technology in the past century, Maino says construction remains a hands-on business that relies on skilled trade people — the company’s most valuable asset.

In fact, it was the loss of his father, company president Mike Maino, in a 2002 traffic accident that’s presented the biggest recent challenge to the 124-year-old firm, according to Tom Maino and his mother, Michaeline Maino, who remains actively involved in the company.

The family and company have since pulled together, and the business is continuing to prosper and grow, Michaeline Maino says.

In the company’s future — a new headquarters to be built on Sueldo Street sometime within the next year.

FYI the charter members of the San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce are:
* Cal Poly
* Crystal Springs Water
* Charles H. Johnson family (real estate)
* Maino Construction
* Marshalls Jewelers
* Morris & Garritano
* PG&E
* Polin family (real estate)
* Sandercock Transfer & Storage
* The Tribune
* Union Oil

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