Mepra was created in 1947, but the entrepreneurial story of the Prandelli family starts many years earlier. In 1901, brothers Bortolo, Francesco and Giovanbattista created the first family business, Prandelli, in the Lumezzane Valley by River Gobbia to make use of its water’s kinetic energy that would allow machinery to operate.
The company’s factory used to manufacture for others and produced bullets for the Italian Army during the First World War. However, the factory had to be converted to other uses with the end of the war, and Gianbattista’s three sons Pietro, Felice and Giacomo created Mepra, an acronym for Metallurgica Prandelli (lit. Prandelli Metallurgical).
The first furnaces were installed outside because the material that needed to be melted during the war and post-war periods contained water and gun powder impurities. In 1950, the brothers decided to commit half of the production to stainless steel flatware. It was a huge success, and in 1953 they decided to discontinue the production of brass cutlery altogether.
The following years brought on steady growth and successes, leading Mepra to widen the product range throughout the years, with crockery first, followed by cookware, the first coffee makers, and finally silver-plated stainless steel products.
Today Mepra is a company with a worldwide presence, exporting its products and designs to each country in the world. Innovation in design, thanks to the lucrative collaboration with some of the most important Italian designers, such as Angelo Mangiarotti, and the younger, talented designers at Mepra.
Mepra products appear on the tables of the most prestigious hotels globally, renowned and multi-award-winning restaurants and hundreds of thousands of people’s homes.