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    Our history

    In 1947, a company was founded in Buenos Aires, Argentina, under the name SADE – Sociedad Argentina de Electrificación (Argentine Society for Electrification) and with the passing of the years, it became one of the leading building companies in the region.

    In the 60’s, SADE was acquired by CGE (Compagnia Generale di Electtricitá, from Milan), a subsidiary of the General Electric Group in the United States.

    SADE was acquired by Perez Companc Group in 1975, which was one of the main players in the energy market in Argentina, and it became the group’s construction arm.

    The 90’s was the Certifications decade. In 1995, SADE obtained the ISO 9001 Certification, which turned it into the first building service company in Argentina to accomplish this. In 1998, the company obtained the ISO 14001 certification (Environment) and, in 2000, the OHSAS 18001 and BS 8800 (Industrial Safety) certifications. Today, after 10 years, all these certifications are still in force.

    In 2003, Skanska Latin America received an award as the Business Unit of the year, after an exhaustive selection procedure carried out among all the Business Units of Skanska Group in the world.

    That same year, the Breitener Emergency Power Plant Project, in Fortaleza, Brazil, was awarded a prize as the Project of the Year in the BOT, Project Development and Services category.

    In 2004, Skanska Latin America was awarded a prize as the Business Unit of the Year, for a second running year.

    The following year, our Business Unit received an award by the Instituto Argentino de Seguridad with an Honors Mention for the 2000-2004, for having obtained 61% reduction in the frequency of accidents occurred in projects the Company develops in all the countries in the region.

    In 2005, Skanska LA obtained the SA8000 (Social Responsibility) certification, which turned it into the first Business Unit in the Group to obtain a certification related to Social and Corporate Responsibility.