Fifty Years and Growing . . .
Here's a fun look at what was going on at Superior Rail & Iron Works, Inc. and in the world since our founding in 1963. In looking back we noticed how often our growth coincided with championships for the Celtics and Bruins! We watched as music transformed from "I left my Heart in San Francisco" by Tony Bennett to Taylor Swift. We also watched as Superior Rail & Iron works expanded from a small residential railing company to the much larger commercial fabrication facility it has become today.
The company was founded in 1963 by Lenny Ferrara, Sr. in an old renovated mill building in Stoughton, Mass. At that time they were a residential fabricator of home ornamental railings.
Other events of 1963: The first artificial heart is implanted. The Celtics defeated the LA Lakers to win the NBA Championship. Julia Child debuts on educational television. Lawrence of Arabia wins Best Picture. Grammy Record of the Year was Tony Bennett "I left my Heart in San Francisco." President John Kennedy was assassinated.
The business grew and moved into a new building on Mill Street in Stoughton.
Other events of 1965: The first combat troops land in Vietnam. Watt riots occur in LA. The Celtics defeated the LA Lakers to win the NBA Championship. "The Sound of Music" premieres in theaters. Record of the year was Stan Getz's "The Girl from Ipanema."
In the early 1970’s as Lenny Ferrara, Jr. took the reins from his father, SRI expanded into the commercial market, supplying steel stairs, aluminum railings, ornamental railings and light structural steel to a number of local contractors.
Other events of 1970: 4 Students killed at Kent State University. The Bruins defeat St. Louis to win the Stanley Cup. The Beatles break-up. "Midnight Cowboy" wins best picture. Record of the year at the Grammy's was "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In" by the 5th Dimension.
As SRI’s commercial market expanded to projects throughout the New England area, the company purchased 25+ acres on Route 106 in East Bridgewater, Mass and in 1986 erected a 27,000 square foot facility, which houses 21,000 square feet of fabrication and painting facilities as well as 6,000 square feet of office space. The additional acres are planned for future developments as the company continues to grow.
Other events of 1986: Space Shuttle Challenger explodes after launch. The Patriots lost to the Bears in the Super Bowl, the Red Sox lost to the Mets in the World Series, but the Celtics defeated Houston in the NBA Championship! The Oprah Winfrey Show hits national television. Song of the year at the Grammy's was "We are the World" by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie.
Anthony J. Ferrara begins to manage the day to day operations of SRI and will eventually become the third generation owner.
Other events from 1998: President Clinton involved in White House Scandal with Monica Lewinsky. "Titanic" becomes highest grossing film of all time and wins the Oscar. Gene Autry, Sonny Bono and Frank Sinatra all pass away.
The Company saw a lot of growth as it moved into the new millenium. In 2005 a 6,000 sq. ft. addition was created for office space. By 2009, Superior Rail had grown enough to require the addition of 12,000 sq. ft. of shop and fabrication space. Then in 2013, they added 10,000 sq. ft. in storage units.
Superior Rail is a proud sponsor of the 2016 Cliff Walk for ALS. Sunday, September 11, 2016
The A.L.S. Family Charitable Foundation is proud to announce that the 20th Annual "Cliff Walk" For A.L.S. Sponsored by Superior Rail & Iron Works Inc. will take place on Sunday, September 11, 2016! Come spend an exhilarating day on the beautiful, scenic Cape Cod Canal (at the Buzzards Bay Recreation Area) and join hundreds of walkers for a full day of fun and fund-raising, featuring activities for the whole family including live entertainment, raffles, prizes, games, lunch, and of course a 7-mile walk along the canal!
Other events of 2016: Queen Elizabeth turns 90 on April 21st. Olympic games held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" premiered in theaters in December of 2015, 38 years after the first Star Wars. Album of the year goes to Taylor Swift for "1989."
Superior Rail sees a 5th generation of Ferrara's take control of the company. Expansion has continued and the SRI robotics team has been re-formatted to handle mile high structures. They also won the contract for the Moon Casino and the Mar's habitat.
Other future events include: Justin Bieber wins lifetime achievement Grammy posthumously after passing away at 98 years old while still on tour. Boston achieves ultimate victory in 2066 as The Red Sox clinch the World Series beating the Yankees in 4 games while Tom Brady III throws 4 touchdown passes to win the Superbowl 100. Bruins were also victorious over the expanded league, winning the Stanley Cup while the Celtics edged out the Silicon Valley Transformers to win the 2066 NBA Championship. Star Wars XXV opens to excited audiences in 2077, 100 years after the first Star Wars was introduced.