He planned the San Martino aeronautical plant in Pomigliano d'Arco (NA), which started work in 1938, from scratch, and for him it was a great challenge, as can be seen from some of his expressions: 'we must act in Pomigliano with the faith of an apostle and enthusiasm', and again: 'we want the most perfect harmony to reign in this factory and above all we want everything to be crystal clear, from the point of view of work, management and orders'.
Gobbato was a man of the shop floor, he travelled around the factory a lot, not only to observe the behaviour of the staff, but also to exchange a few words of encouragement and to make corrections when necessary, or to check the good technical execution of the work.
The epilogue is unfortunately well known: Ugo Gobbato was killed on 28 April 1945. As he was returning from his office on his bicycle, he was approached by a blue Lancia Augusta car with three armed men on board, near Via Domodossola, in the Fiera area, who shot and killed him. Italian industry lost a great manager, a man who could have made an important contribution to post-war Italian industry and society.