started as an ash-collection service for coal-burning Hudson homes
and schools, has diversified, developed and grown into the present
day Casaceli Trucking Co. Coolidge Street, which marks its
anniversary this year.
The history of the local trucking company was the subject of
third-generation president Richard F. Casaceli, at the Jan. 30
meeting of the Hudson Historical Society at First Federated
The Hudson native said that the family-owned trucking
company has segued from ash collection in the 1930s, to
a 4,000 customer rubbish collection business in the 1980s and
1990s, into its current work of land excavation, septic system
pumping, roll-off container pick-up, and recently, truck
maintenance and repair.
Tracing the history of one of the town’s oldest commercial
firms, Casaceli said his paternal grandfather, Milo
Casaceli (born Emilio Casaceli) acquired the business
of Hudson resident Arthur Wilkins in
“Wilkins shoveled ashes, picked up rubbish, delivered
groceries and helped the post office with bulk main from the train,”
said Casaceli. “My grandfather continued the same
services, and his ‘woody’ (station wagon) was a familiar sight
in the town in the 1940s,” he
Milo’s son, Frank Casaceli joined the business after graduation
from Hudson High School in 1947, and five years later the first
tractor-loader was purchased.
“That was the beginning of the excavation and earthmoving
projects,” said Richard Casaceli, Frank’s son.
For many years the company had its home office at 89 Cottage St.,
where garages were added in 1962. Frank Casaceli bought land on
Coolidge Street (Route 62) in 1968, built a shop at the company’s
current location, and in the next 10 years built other additions,
including a two-story office.
“With the company at a larger and more noticeable location, the
loam, stone and mulch part of the business grew steadily,” said
Richard Casaceli, who began working part time with his father’s
company in 1977, when he was 13.
“Our business got a real boost in the early 1980s,” said the
younger Casaceli, “when Junior Cellucci helped bring Digital
Equipment Corporation to Hudson.”
The trucking company got contracts to remove construction and
operational trash, in addition to the snow plowing contract, and
eventually landed the Assabet Valley Regional High School plowing
contract as well.
The rubbish collection grew to 4,000 residential and commercial
customers by 1993, but the advent of mandatory recycling complicated
the pick-up process. The rubbish business was sold and a new
focus was sought.
When Richard Casaceli became company president in 1999, he began
expanding the excavation and septic pumping part of the business,
including road building jobs.
“In 2004, we went back into the rubbish business, but in a
different way,” said Casaceli. They began offering roll off
container service, in which 10-wheel trucks pick up and empty
10-to-30 yard containers.
Their biggest excavation job started in 2005, when they
contracted to excavate cellar holes for a 66-unit townhouse project
at the former Sauta Farm on lower Main Street.
In a further diversification, a second mechanic was hired this
past year and the firm now offers skilled maintenance and repairs of
cars, trucks and construction equipment.
Another recent hire was a fourth-generation Casaceli,
Jacob Casaceli, 22, who is working in accounts payable in the
business started by his great-grandfather, continued by his
grandfather and now headed by his