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In 1947, the Nation was celebrating the end of World War II. Some 40 years earlier, Antonino Alessi and his family immigrated from their native Sicily to come to America, the land of opportunity. Tampa, then a sleepy port town known mainly for handmade cigars, was chosen as home. At age 19, Antonino (Tony) landed a job as a salesman for a national company, and quickly became one of their best. Time went on and Tonys success continued. Always looking to the future however, he realized he would be faced with a dilemma. The company he worked for had policy that would not allow family members to be hired. Concerned with providing for the welfare of his two sons and desiring to establish an opportunity for his family to work together, Tony left the security of his career position to build Vigo Importing Company. In so doing, he displayed that same pioneering spirit that guided his parents to America a generation before, a spirit which continues today at Vigo Importing into the third generation. Together with their father, sons Tony Jr., and Alfred have brought Vigo Importing Company from its humble origins to what is now a multi-million dollar corporation with national and international sales.