The Joint Stock Company the firm «SIMVOL» is one of the oldest glass enterprises of Russia which history begins in 1811. The company developed from a small workshop till modern highly technological enterprise. Nowadays the Joint Stock Company the firm «SIMVOL» is the leading plant of glass industry having great significance within Russian and international market. For all these years the Joint Stock Company the firm «SIMVOL» became a multisectoral enterprise manufacturing sheet glass, glass bottles, tinted glass, special equipment glass, multiple glass panes, multilayer shock-proof and bullet-proof glass, automobile glass, for all the brands of Russian and foreign cars. The manufacture of quartz ceramics made of quartz glass waste has been mastered at the enterprise. There has been developed and mastered the technology of manufacture of decorative souvenir products made of coloured glass sticks, which are also produced at our enterprise.
All the goods of the firm «SIMVOL» are united by two main characteristics: high quality and ecological cleanness. That is why, having taken part in the competition «Russian brand of the third millenium. High-quality mark of the 21-st century.» the firm was rewarded with the diploma as a winner for the high quality products. It is also confirmed by such rewards as «Leader of Russian economy», «International Gold star for quality».
The monitoring results show that the firm «SIMVOL» is in the top ten best Russian enterprises. It can combine the glass manufacture with careful attitude to nature. The enterprise pays great attention to ecological policy. There is developed an ecological programme containing the measures on the decrease of air waste, exhaust gas heat recycling, sewage treatment. The firm «SIMVOL» is the finalist of the competition «The best Russian enterprise 2000» in the nomination «For the efficient ecological policy». For 20 years there has been held the complex work to create technical possibilities and staff for the improvement of the production and its product line widening. These efforts were especially required during the transmission to market relations.
It should be observed that the staff and manufacturing facilities were kept due to these efforts. During this period the salary was paid regularly, working places were kept. The construction of accommodation for the employers of the firm is going on. But the staff achievements had to be directed to a new quality level. For this purpose there was executed the programme of technical re-equipment, entrepreneurship acquirement. To keep and strengthen the positions on the product market the high quality and competitive production is manufactured.
All this resulted in realization of investment programme and setting in operation of the new workshop producing glass bottle containers with the capacity of 112 million bottles per year. It is the most important achievement of the enterprise staff for the last few years. The new workshop made it possible to create 170 working places; the professional level of the staff increased considerably. Not so many enterprises pay such great attention to social development as it does the Joint Stock Company the firm «SIMVOL» . The firm «SIMVOL» is a town-forming enterprise, and it is responsible for the well-being of many inhabitants of the town of Kurlovo. The enumeration of the social privileges is large and it covers all the categories of the firm staff.
There is a good fitness centre «SIMVOL», where a lot of inhabitants and students have a good opportunity to bring into a healthy state and to improve their physical form. There is a swimming pool, saunas, sport gym where there are held competitions on different kinds of sports. The football team «SIMVOL» is the member of the top division in Russian football championship. Eleven members of this team are Masters of Sports.
The social activities of the Joint Stock Company the firm «SIMVOL» is steadily developing. Today the enterprise has a stadium, a cafe, a shop, a hotel, a medical center, service agency , housing and communal services, a local newspaper production, a museum, a radio station, and a local television channel. The enterprise has the patronage of Kurlovo’s orphanage, preschool institutions, hospital, collaborate with ecclesiastical institutions. In 2002 a small chapel was built within the territory of the enterprise. It was the workers’ wish. In 2003 a new cafeteria «SIMVOL» was opened in the Amusement and Theme Park.
While resuming the huge work made at the enterprise for last years it can be said that the firm «SIMVOL» is constantly making progress.