Giovanni María Prates, was born in December 4, 1899 in Cordenons, Pordenone, Friuli, Italy.
From an early age, between 10 and 12 years old, he began working as an assistant of a mason friend of his father, Luigi Prates. Since at that time, to get a job it was required previously to work as an apprentice, he had to work some years without pay.
In 1914 beguns the 1st World War, with great suffering for the civilian population, and Giovanni Prates despite being only 15 years old, is enrolled into the mountain infantry of the Italian Army.
In 1918, after the war, the economic situation of Europens was difficult and they all wanted to emigrate to the “America” to help his family from abroad. Many of them went to the U.S., Canada and Argentina. Giovanni, in 1922 is shipped to Buenos Aires, and like all who came to this land alone, he was housed in the Immigrants Hotel, located in the port of Buenos Aires. There, according to oublic registers, they had tried to find him a job. After 5 days from his arrival, he began working on the construction of the Palacio de Comunicaciones, on the Avenida Leandro N. Alem de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires which was just starting to be built. He started as a bricklayer assistant. The first Friday he got his first salary, and was promoted to First Oficial. After 30 days he was finnaly promoted to Principal Foreman. Periodically he sent half of his earning to his parents as with the other half it was enough to pay all his expenses. He worked in that building for two years and then, with the same company, he worked on the construction of other buildings in the Port and the City of Buenos Aires until 1928.
In Buenos Aires he learned to work with reinforced concrete. In 1927 the company came to La Plata to built a building in the corner of 7 th Ave. and. 51 St., one of the first buildings in La Plata built with a reinforced concrete structure.
He moved to La Plata, where he begun his own business, working alone or in partnership with his friend and fellow Primo Polo, in the construction of buildings. Both Giovanni and Primo became the first “rainforced concret” contractors in this City.
On May 28, 1929 he obtained the File # 269 in the Municipality of La Plata Contractors Register.
He signs in the Register of Contractors of the Department of Public Works of the Province of Buenos Aires as a sole proprietorship under the name Juan M. Prates Roads Company (File # 69).and in the Register of Nation Contarctors (File # 138).
In over 90 years we have received various awards that make us proud. Both Giovanni and Luis Prates and the company have received awards that strengthen our commitment to the job.