A young man of 17 , determined to ensure financial support after his father’s death, was humble and skillful enough to create a construction company with his savings from work of earth removal with a donkey- hauled cart. That is how Sebastião Ferraz de Camargo Penteado life changed and started to transform engineering in Brazil.
Born 25 September 1909, son of a small agricultural producer in Jaú, Sao Paulo state, Sebastião Camargo interrupted his studies in third grade to support his family after his father passed away. He worked with the cart daily, expanded the business and bought a second wooden cart.
As time went by, he learned embankment techniques and decided to invest in civil construction. It was in a small office in 1936 on Xavier de Toledo, in the center of Sao Paulo, that he created three years later, 27 March 1939, the company Camargo, Corrêa & Cía Ltda -Engenheiros e Construtores in partnership with Sylvio Corrêa and Mauro Calasans, who later left their part in the company.
The company matured and in 1940 Sebastião Camargo bought a tractor , a vehicle that was not popular in the country then.
The portfolio has more than 500 works in Brazil, the most strategic and important in the country, such as Hydroelectric Plant Itaipu, Internationally recognised bridge Rio-Niteroi, international airport Guarulhos, highways like Imigrantes, Presidente Dutra, Fernao Dias y Bandeirantes and more than 1600 km of metro in Sao Paulo and other states as well as mining lines, oil pipelines, energy transmission lines and basic sanitation networks, among other areas abroad.
Once without any partners, Sebastião Camargo expanded his business to other areas, but kept his growth related to innovation in engineering. He died at 84 , 26 August 1994. He left daughters , grandchildren, sons-in-law and a legacy for the history of infrastructure in the country.