Gaetano may mean small in stature in Italian, but Gaetano Armenti's 50 years at D'Orsogna has been anything but insignificant, which is why he has been honoured with the 2007 WA Pork Producers' Association (WAPPA) special industry award for services to the industry.
Commencing at D'Orsogna in March 1957, just weeks after arriving in Australia from Italy, Armenti has worked in the Cooking Department for the duration of his time with the company.
For 58 years, D'Orsogna has steadily grown to become an icon of WA's processed and continental meats industry, employing more than 300 people and producing a wide variety of gourmet continental products distributed across Australia.
D'Orsogna Managing Director, Brad Thomason, said it was the family ethos at D'Orsogna that encouraged people such as Armenti to stay with the company for so long.
It is a testament to the working environment at D'Orsogna that, despite having more than 300 employees, D'Orsogna is able to maintain a family environment among its entire staff.
Gaetano has become one among the family. His hard work and dedication to the D'Orsogna name has helped build this company to the industry leader it is today.
The WAPPA Annual Industry Dinner was held at the Broadwater Pagoda Resort in Perth on Friday, August 31.
At the dinner, Armenti said he was thrilled to be part of such a vibrant industry, that looked after its own and rewarded excellence.
Armenti is appreciative to be recognised for his work at such a wonderful event.
Armenti has enjoyed every day of his working life at D'Orsogna. Tom D'Orsogna has been like a father to him since he first started working at D'Orsogna 50 years ago.
This is the type of industry that sticks together during tough times and an example of that was when D'Orsogna's production plant was gutted by fire in 1990.
“We look after our own and we learn from our mistakes and it's an honour to be recognised by my peers in the industry I love," Armenti said.