The Algar Group
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for 85 years
Our way of being places us among the best companies to work
for and drives us to grow in a steady, solid and sustainable manner.
Establishing business based on shared value creation
We are a Brazilian-owned, family-controlled and professionally-managed corporate group founded in 1929 as a result of Mr. Alexandrino Garcia’s desire to serve the community. We entered the telephone business over 60 years ago, which strengthened the family’s practice of establishing businesses based on shared value creation. Mr. Garcia considered it important to connect small towns to large cities to expand the relationship possibilities even though this project involved laying miles of cables to install a single phone in given town.
That is how we grew to become one of Brazil’s top corporate groups offering products and services in the ICT (Information and Communications Technology), Agribusiness, Services and Tourism markets to over two million customers. Headquartered in Uberlândia (Minas Gerais State), we are present throughout Brazil and in Colombia, Argentina and Chile. We are over 24 thousand associates (as we call our employees) committed to a determination to serve and a philosophy that promotes innovative sustainable attitudes focused on serving the community in a comprehensive manner. Our way of being places us among the best companies to work for and drives us to grow in a steady, solid and sustainable manner.
The Garcia family founds its first business, José Alves Garcia e Filhos, with a rice mill machine, in Uberlândia.
The service station, car dealership and farming equipment businesses are established.
The Correio de Uberlândia
newspaper is acquired.
CTBC (Companhia de Telecomunicações do Brasil Central), currently Algar Telecom, is organized.
CTBC merges phone companies from eight cities.
ABC - Agropecuária Brasil Central S.A (currently Algar Farming) is established.
ABC Táxi Aéreo (currently Algar Aviation) is organized.
Gráfica Sabe (printing business), currently Algar Mídia, is founded to publish phone directories.
Fujiwara Hisato (currently Algar Agro), a factory of oil and oil products, is acquired.
The Group acquires the Pousada do Rio Quente (currently Rio Quente Resorts) tourist complex joinly with Grupo Gebepar.
The Algar Group’s holding company is founded.
Italian executive Mario Grossi is hired as the Algar holding company’s CEO to conduct the restructuring process required by the company’s business. The Network Company philosophy, the Advisory Board and the shareholders' agreement are introduced.
The Group puts into operation Brazil’s first experimental optical and fiber optic network in Campinas, São Paulo State.
UniAlgar corporate University
Cable TV company Image Telecom (Uberlândia and Araguari) is acquired.
To keep up with the market changes and be more competitive, Algar introduces changes to drive growth. As a result, the group ceases to operate in the automotive industry (Irmãos Garcia, Garinco, Automag, Intermáquinas) and in the manufacturing industry (Emep, Telettra, Cristais, Dados, TI, Xtal, Sistemas, Autrônica, Aviônica, ABC Computadores).
Space, focused on security and document control (currently
Algar Segurança) is created.
ACS – Algar Call Center Service (currently Algar Tech) is organized.
Instituto Algar de Responsabilidade Social (Algar Social Responsibility Institute), which coordinates CSR and community-oriented initiatives,
The Algar brand is introduced.
We consolidate our nationwide presence by opening our own building in São Paulo.
Algar Tech acquires Asyst Service Desk. Algar Telecom creates a partnership to lay a submarine cable connecting Brazil and the United States and obtains the 4G license.
Algar opens its building in Belo Horizonte and its first international office, in Colombia, with Algar Tech.