After serving in World War II, Fidell Cashero returned to the United States and began to look for employment. With only $10 in his pocket, Fidell found employment as a laborer for a local contractor, Roy Grunwell, who owned a building restoration business. After several years, Fidell worked his way up from laborer to the firm’s right hand man. When Roy decided to retire in 1953, Fidell bought the company in 1953 and named the resulting company Grunwell-Cashero. His entrepreneurial spirit and love of his work inspired him to grow the business of masonry restoration when not much was known about the craft.
The buildings in the Midwest were just old enough to begin experiencing signs of aging, and Grunwell-Cashero was one of the lead companies in the Midwest to address the delicate craft of masonry restoration. Much of the first masonry restoration of many local landmarks in the Detroit area was developed and completed by Grunwell-Cashero Company. Significant restoration projects include the historic Fisher Building, Detroit Opera House and Fox Theatre in Detroit, and Greenfield Village.
Fidell is a proud World War II veteran (staff sergeant in Company A of the 142nd Infantry Regiment of the 36th Division) and most recently was awarded the Knight of the Legion of Honor medal from France. The medal is the highest honor France can bestow to an individual. He was given this medal for his contribution to France for serving in the war. While serving in World War Two, Fidell also was awarded the Bronze Start Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, the Distinguished Unit Badge, the Bronze Arrowhead, the World War Two Victory Medal and the European, African, Middle Eastern Theatre Ribbon with four Bronze Stars. Fidell says he feels very fortunate he was never wounded in battle while overseas and credits God for keeping him safe and allowing him to serve his country.
Fidell is a very religious and spiritual man, and spent much of his time and money giving back to God. He has spoken across the country in numerous churches spreading the word of his life story as an inspiration for others. He credits his faith for helping him reach where he is today.
Fidell expanded the business into Lansing, Toledo and Cleveland and instilled a sense pride in his company and his employees, which has made Grunwell-Cashero the highly respected company it is today.