As a young immigrant, Sebastiano Nativo founded Nativo General Contracting, Inc. in 1968. The company, like many others in that time, started in the construction industry as a residential remodeler, specializing in masonry and concrete. With the good reputation that Sebastiano, known as Sam, had cemented for himself, no pun intended, he was able to build a thriving business.
In 1969, Sam’s brother Cristofaro, known as Chris, joined the company, then shortly after that, by their youngest brother Vincent in 1972. Together, the three brothers worked hard to build on the ideals that make up the cornerstone of Nativo, LLC today: client service, integrity, reliability and cost efficiency.
In 1975, after the breakout of the scandals and abuse of the Willowbrook State School in Staten Island was uncovered by Geraldo Rivera, The Nativo family stepped into the nonprofit arena. This was a delicate time for anyone working with the mentally ill and the developmentally disabled and it was a learning process for all that were involved.
For the next fifteen years, Nativo General Contracting, Inc. had continued to work on private and nonprofit residential and commercial projects, as well as projects for the US Postal Service, the Brooklyn Navy Yard, the Port Authority and other federal and state funded organizations.
In the late 1980’s, Nativo General Contracting, Inc. decided to work exclusively for the nonprofit sector, specifically for persons with mental illness and developmental disabilities. Projects included residences, schools, day care, medical clinics and administrative spaces for the organizations that served them.
In 1997, Sam’s youngest son Vincent S., joined Nativo General Contracting, Inc. with a degree in Architecture from Pratt Institute. Together, the Nativo family continued to grow steadily by adhering to its tradition of providing clients with a high standard of service and superior finished base building upgrades, renovations, gut-rehabs and new construction projects.
In 2002, Nativo General Contracting, Inc. was renamed Nativo, LLC, naming Vincent and Vincent S. sole partners of the company dedicated to having a positive impact on the quality of construction, and on the quality of life, in New York City.