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The Vlast Truda Plywood Plant has a 150-year history which began from nearly artisan production of matches.

In 1858, it was Stepan Petrovich Kamendrovsky who undertook quite a new business for Nizhny Lomov town.  The Kamendrovskys could hardly imagine that very soon the Nizhny Lomov district would become the centre of match industry in the Volga Region.


In 1887, the factory manufactured 20,000 cases of phosphorous matches and 2,000 cases of safety or Lucifer matches to the total amount of 35,000 rubles. The matches were sold in Nizhny Lomov, Penza, Syzran, Saratov.


In 1894, the Kamendrovskys were the first in Russia who turned entirely to manufacture of safety matches and introduced the maximum possible automation to the match production. In the period between 1897 and 1901, the factory was completely electrified. Due to the reorganization the factory grew into one of the major facilities in the branch and the most technically innovative manufacture in Russia.  It was well-known for its high quality products as well. In 1896, the Kamendrovsky's matches won the gold medal at the famous Nizhny Novgorod Fair.



In 1900, Fedor, Stepan Kamendrovsky's son, made his first visit abroad and exhibited their products at the Fair in Paris.   The quality of the Russian fabricator's matches made a great impression even on the Swedish manufacturers renowned in Europe for their best-quality matches.    As a result,  Fedor Kamendrovsky  won his first foreign medal  for his quality products.

In the same year Stepan Kamendrovsky died, and   his son Fedor Kamendrovsky took the family business in his hands.    By that time, Nizhny Lomov district became the major supplier of matches in the South Russia. The Kamendrovskys matches, labeled with the manufacturers trade mark showing a lions head against the background of the rising sun, won 10 medals at the trade fairs in Nizhny Novgorod, Paris, London, Leipzig, and Rome. They defied competition with the best European matches made in Sweden. The purchase orders were sent to Nizhny Lomov from Russia, Europe, Trans-Caucasian countries, Central Asia, Iran,Turkey


In 1917, the factory was nationalized and renamed several times. In February 1936, the Peoples Commissariat for Forestry made a decision to reconstruct and reorganize the "Vlast Truda" Match Factory into a plywood factory.  In 1937, the reconstruction was completed, and the manufacture of plywood for aircraft industry began. Only one hot pressing machine was used with an annual capacity of 15,000 cubic meters. During the WWW II a second hot pressing machine was installed. In 1942, the factory fulfilled the Government war-effort order to manufacture special-purpose skis.  During the wartime 29,000 cubic metersof plywood were produced, as well as a great number of war-and defense-essential products. In 1954, a furniture making section was launched at the factory. The section was in operation until 1978, when it was reconstructed for manufacture of shaped parts.


The plant celebrated its one-hundredth anniversary, having already grown into a manufacturing enterprise of a strong financial position, good economic health and being a newcomer in the foreign market. The first export batches were manufactured by the Vlast Truda in 1961. The main export product was the FBA-E Grade C 4 mmsanded plywood bonded with albumin-casein glue. The product of that type was much in demand in the domestic market as well, but the factory could not fill the local need because of low manufacturing capacity and lack of proper equipment. For this reason, in 1968, the regional authorities made a decision "n reconstruction of the plant and the increase of production capacities". In 1971, piles for construction of a new plywood production department were drawn. In 1970, the manufacture of FK urea-resin bonded plywood was launched. The annual capacity reached 22,500 cu. m.. In 1982, due to the innovation techniques introduced at the plant the manufacture of a new products range began: FK plywood, FK-E plywood (export-grade), FSF plywood, and 4-12 mmaircraft grade plywood. The urea-formaldehyde resin with sulfite-waste liquor was used, and a cold pressing method was applied for mechanical feeding of plywood bales into the hot press. 5 years later, the manufacture was organized of TM fire-retardant plywood for subway cars. And in 1996, we launched the production of TM fire-retardant plywood for railroad coach industry.

In 1995, the plant was awarded by the Building and Woodworking International (BWI) with the "Arch of Europe Star for Excellence and Quality". The plant was put on the list of the Russia™s major manufacturing enterprises and won “The Leader of the Russian Economy” Honorary Award  .

In 2002, N.I. Sibrimov was elected the Director General. A course was immediately set for expansion of the production volume and extension of the international business relations. Thus, the contemporary history of the oldest manufacturing enterprise in the region began.  Over recent years, modern drying and peeling lines, new hot presses and machines have been installed in the production shops and departments. The production process is organized as a closed integrated complex.   

Due to modernization of the production process and introduction of the advanced techniques, the working and environmental conditions are being appreciably improved, and the workers social protection is being provided. Recently, the major production shop floors have been expanded, new transportation department and forestry & wood processing sector were launched, a second station for manufacture of large-size plywood panels was put in operation.   Since 1996, the number of payroll workers and employees has increased from 900 to 2200 making up 70 per cent of the total payroll staff of medium and large businesses in the district. The plants technical staff and the scientists of Moscow State University of Forestry are making a joint effort to develop techniques for manufacture of new plywood types that are in demand both in Russia and abroad.  Today, almost every new passenger coach in Russia is made using the fire-resistant large-size plywood panels manufactured in Nizhny Lomov.

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