Pyrotecnico - Vitale Family Fireworks · 1889

A legacy of innovative fireworks displays and great performances

In 1889 Constantino Vitale started his fireworks company in Pietramelara, Italy. In 1920 he immigrated to the United States through Ellis Island making a home for his family and company in New Castle, Pennsylvania — a small town between Pittsburgh and Cleveland that would become known as "The Fireworks Capital of America."

Constantino brought with him centuries of fireworks expertise which he taught to his apprentices his children and grandchildren. The Vitale family developed a reputation for grand and dramatic fireworks displays and the business grew rapidly in the United States.

 

Steady growth for over 120 years

In 1889, Constantino Vitale started his fireworks company in Pietramelara, Italy. He immigrated to the United States in 1920 through Ellis Island making a home for his family and company in New Castle, Pennsylvania — a small town between Pittsburgh and Cleveland that would become known as "The Fireworks Capital of America."

At the turn of the century, the company was one of the largest fireworks companies in the country. By 1940 the company was headed by Constantino's son, Rocco Vitale Sr., who led the expansion of the facilities in New Castle which were also briefly used to manufacture explosives for the U.S. Navy during World War II. Many of these buildings still stand today, across the street from the 20,000 square foot corporate headquarters.

Five different generations of the Vitale family have grown Constantino's company by training new staff in the old family ways, selecting the best products from global suppliers, and delighting more and more audiences every year. In the 1990s the company took on the name "Pyrotecnico" to reflect the variety of products that it used to complement fireworks, like confetti, streamer cannons, lasers, fog, smoke, close proximity effects and synchronized pyrotechnics to pre-recorded audio or live performance.

Now, at the turn of the 21st century, the Pyrotecnico extended family looks to continue traditions as they create exciting celebrations for the next 100 years. According to CEO Stephen Vitale, "While we've become one of the premier fireworks and special effects companies in the world, we cannot lose sight of what has gotten us here: a commitment to innovation that impacts audiences visually and emotionally, attention to detail, listening to clients and a serious regard for safety. We take pride in these skills and use them to provide the best show possible for each event."

 

A leader in fireworks displays, special effects and close proximity displays.

In the 1990s Stephen Vitale, the great-grandson of Constantino, became president and CEO. Since 1993 the company has gained global presence and performs more than 2,000 shows each year. The variety of productions has also increased under Stephen's tenure Pyrotecnico has created displays for sporting events, New Year's Eve celebrations, fairs and festivals, musical and theatrical productions, corporate events, weddings and other private gatherings. Pyrotecnico has performed throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and the Caribbean. Your event may be next.

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What an amazing show! Pyrotecnico always delivers peace of mind! Susan Renneisen
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
The fireworks show was absolutely spectacular. I don't remember ever being so moved by such a display! Gordon H. Mueller, Ph.D.
President & CEO
The National WWII Museum
New Orleans, Louisiana
Sometimes the smallest devices can create the most dramatic effects. Ralph Piacquadio
Producer / Designer
Pyrotecnico
New Castle, Pennsylvania
The feeling I get working with our crew is one that I can't get anywhere else. Ralph Piacquadio
Producer / Designer
Pyrotecnico
New Castle, Pennsylvania
The client's event is the showcase. The fireworks presentation should be there to support it. Rocco Vitale III
Creative Director
Pyrotecnico
New Orleans, Louisana
Our buying volume makes it possible to order custom fireworks manufactured to our specification. This and our excellent crews make our shows unique. Rocco Vitale III
Creative Director
Pyrotecnico
New Orleans, Louisana
I have witnessed great fireworks displays before, but never of that magnitude. They were truly stimulating! Mike Ottney
Sternwheel Festival
Marrietta, Ohio