Our History


Our story begins when my grandfather, John decides to open a factory in Vercelli for the production of horn buttons.

The waste from the production created the problem of disposal, and, without the appropriate research, it was noted the possibility of using these wastes as fertilizer, because they contain a high percentage of organic nitrogen.

Following the excellent results of fertilization and given the increasing number of requests from local farmers, my grandfather began grinding horns and hooves of animals born, therefore, the "CORNUNGHIA", which began to be used in rice cultivation in the province of Vercelli, where there was the largest European annual production of this cereal.

He then sought other markets for this fertilizer, such as Liguria (for the cultivation of flowers), Emilia (for the cultivation of cannabis and, thereafter, to asparagus crops and orchards).

Following Tuscany became another interesting market, in particular the area of ​​Pescia (PT), for the cultivation of flowers.

Early '60

The strong growth imposes the need to enlarge the plant outside the city.


In that year, with the opening of the factory, my father Charles takes over from my grandfather, who continues the production of CORNUNGHIA in Prarolo (VC). He gradually introduced other solid and liquid organic fertilizers,
also derived from animal or vegetable protein.

Organic fertilizers became the main activity, but at the same time was active import and processing of semi-finished products for the production of horn buttons, combs, knife handles and umbrellas, as well as other objects.

Early '90

Due to the escalating costs of transport and labor, it was decided to terminate production activities: emerging countries begin to export to Italy the CORNUNGHIA at competitive prices and, consequently, the decision is made to import from these countries adding CORNUNGHIA our experience to improve the quality of the product.


Taking over his father''s activity, the company created Luca Viano, which continues in the importation of semi-finished CORNUNGHIA and horn, and increases the production of liquid fertilizers and imports of raw materials based on amino acids for the production of the same.