Consortium adds new Board member
Joseph C. Castagnola, President of McKeesport-based Generation Stoneworks , joined the Consortium’s Board in March. Before becoming its president, he began working at the company his father founded under the name Prada in 2004, learning all aspects of the business before taking the helm in 2016. Begun in 1988, the family-run business provides custom-designed and fabricated architectural stone to residential and commercial builders.
Since assuming leadership of the company, Castagnola has rebranded it as Generation Stoneworks, expanded its customer network, introduced new technologies and created partnerships with the Trade Institute of Pittsburgh, CareerLinks, Central Westmoreland Career & Technology Center, Pittsburgh Technical College and Auberle’s workforce development program.
A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, Castagnola holds a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering. Active in professional and trade organizations, he serves on the boards of the Indiana Limestone Institute of America and the Occupational Advisory Committee for Engineering Technologies at McKeesport High School. He also served previously and as a member of the Elizabeth Township Business & Economic Development Committee.
Castagnola also plays an active role in his community. He has volunteered with the Embark Mentoring program operated by the Allegheny County Department of Human Services and as a religious education teacher in the South Side’s Prince of Peace parish.
As a member of the Consortium’s Board, he said he looks forward to helping connect students to businesses and opportunities in their communities and learning more about programs we offer to help prepare students for post-secondary education and careers, including the Future Ready Alliance and Leadership and our Leadership in Career & Technical Education program, among others.