(July 17) - 2003 is a real milestone for KLAS-TV. It marks the station's 50th anniversary. 8 On Your Side has a look at another local company that has also shared in Southern Nevada's history.
To find some of the oldest businesses in Las Vegas, we took a drive down Industrial Road. It's where you'll find Larkin Plumbing on one side of the street, and J.A. Tiberti Construction on the other. In fact, it was J.A. Tiberti himself who named the street Industrial Road.
Today, Tiberti is 84 years old, but he still recalls Las Vegas back in the old days. "The town was a small town, 8700 people. One of the things you used to do is go down to the railroad station and watch the trains come in, watch them unload, that was something to do at that time," Tiberti says.
The other thing Tiberti did was build. He still has a Nevada State Contractor's License on the wall from 1950. Among the landmarks he's responsible for include the old Woolworth building downtown, the Showboat Hotel, and several buildings at UNLV and McCarran Airport.
Tiberti's son Tito runs the business now. He has fond memories of Channel 8 in the fifties when he was a boy growing up in Las Vegas: "I remember when we got TV in town and a couple of our neighbors had the TV, it was just terribly exciting to watch TV. There were programs where the kids would get involved, and I remember going to the station and it was just a breakthrough for a little town like Las Vegas in those days," says Tito. Las Vegas isn't a little town anymore, thanks in part to the construction of J.A. Tiberti.
The family business has now expanded to real estate and fence construction. But the founder has always kept a sense of humor. On a trip to the Great Wall of China, J.A. placed a Tiberti Fence sign behind him--a fitting picture considering what the company has built in Las Vegas over the past 50 years. The Tiberti family hopes to keep the family business going strong. It appears they're well on their way. J.A. Tiberti has six children and 21 grandchildren.