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Rob Casasanta, BEng '93

Civil Engineering | Engineering Success for the Family Business

As job perks go, working with his family every day is one that Rob Casasanta (BEng ’93, Civil) ranks highly.

Along with his two younger brothers, Vic and Luigi, Casasanta runs Brantford’s LC Bakery Equipment Services Ltd., a successful manufacturer of industrial and commercial bakery and food services equipment.

“We’ve always been a tight-knit family,” he says. “It’s a great work environment for us.”

His father Luigi launched the company in 1984, working out of one van and doing service and maintenance across Ontario on all types of bakery equipment. Eventually, he opened a small shop and expanded to offer his own line of equipment.

Today, the company has a 40,000 square foot facility where they design and manufacture a wide range of high-end ovens, as well as commercial bakery and foodservice equipment. True to its roots, the company also continues to service and maintain equipment.

“I didn’t know I was going to do this when I started at McMaster, but slowly and surely I made my way here,” says Casasanta, the firm’s VP of Engineering.

It’s a wide-ranging job where he uses his engineering degree daily.

From specialized pizza ovens to industrial curing ovens, to replacement parts for baking equipment, “we design and manufacture everything, from start to finish,” he says. “My engineering degree has been very valuable in the design and manufacturing work I do. It also taught me how to learn and adapt to new and different situations. Every day brings its challenges and rewards which allows me to continuously learn and improve.

One of his brothers also did an engineering degree, while the other earned a degree in business.

“We all bring something different to the table,” says Casasanta, who adds that his parents are also still involved in the business. “We appreciate each other’s opinions and contributions, and recognize how fortunate we are to be able to work and count on each other.”