A man of immeasurable talent and ingenuity, whom we want to pay tribute to: Egidio Brugola.
September 1, 1901, marks the birth of Egidio Brugola, and Lissone is his hometown, where his ingenious and visionary mind invented one of the most well-known products in Italy: the Brugola screw.
Those who knew him described him as a genius for his inventive ability. In Lissone, there was a “procession of engineers” who would come to seek his advice. He was considered a sort of mechanical “guru,” always ready to lend a hand and suggest solutions even for complex problems.
He was a man with great inventive and entrepreneurial abilities. At the young age of 25, in 1926, he opened his own company: Officine Egidio Brugola, where nuts, washers, bolts, and screws were produced. . It started as a company manufacturing simple products but would soon evolve into a workshop of revolutionary ideas.
Indeed, Egidio closely observed the “Allen keys and screw” with hexagonal socket head, which were popular in the United States and patented in 1910. He observed, studied, and improved upon them, inventing the “hexagonal socket head screw with twisted shank” — the screw that everyone now knows as the Brugola screw.
When people mention “brugola,” many think of the common DIY tool. They are mistaken. That is simply the hex key, the tool used for screwing. The real innovation is the screw itself, patented in 1945, which revolutionized the fastening system first in Italy and then worldwide.
His screw was able to provide exceptional elasticity, increased strength, and ensure perfect tightening even in critical situations — exactly what the automotive industry demanded.
It took several years, precisely 40 years, from its initial production to its widespread use. During this time, the company faced the challenges of the Second World War and had to convert its production to military materials.
A few years later, on June 29, 1959, at the age of only 58, Egidio Brugola passed away, leaving the company first to his wife, then to his son Giannantonio, and now, after 96 years, to his grandson Jody Brugola.
He was an entrepreneur who firmly believed in human relationships and the needs of his employees. The company canteen provided free meals to hundreds of people in need, at a time when ensuring a hot meal was not a given for all families. He gifted bicycles, mopeds, and cars to his employees to facilitate their commuting.
He was an entrepreneur whose legacy still proudly speaks for itself even after years, and we want to pay tribute to him by recounting his story.