The Italian footwear producer, Verdi Fashion International has officially opened a production facility in Paljuvi, near Ub, worth around EUR 1.5 million, which employs 70 workers.
The company’s business plans envisage creating 200 new jobs at the facility by year end.
The facility in Paljuvi is the first investment in the newly established industrial zone Stublenica-Ub, where Verdi has bought 20 hectares of land, of which one hectare is taken up by the 2,700-square-metre factory. The production facility currently has a tailoring room and one and a half sewing lines, whereas the remaining half of the second sewing line and two assembly lines will be put into operation this autumn.
The local self-government has provided infrastructure for the factory by connecting it to the town’s water supply grid and providing a power connection.
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Vladimir Mijatovic, the director of the Koceljeva-based factory Karina Moda, a member of the same group as Verdi, explained that the facility in Paljuvi would produce female leather footwear exclusively.
“The project is designed to have three sewing lines, two assembly lines and a tailoring facility, which means that the factory should employ 200 workers by the year end. We will be gradually employing five to ten people a week and all the young people who want to work and those who have experience in this field are more than welcome. The factory’s operations will depend on the support of the local self-government and local population. We are currently in the season of producing winter leather footwear, which ends in September. Until the remaining machinery arrives, which we expect will happen in September or October, we will only be producing upper footwear sections here, whereas the assembly is done elsewhere”, Mijatovic said.
The first 70 workers had been trained at the sister-company Karina Moda, and the workers at the Paljuvi factory will be paid a salary of RSD 32,000.
CEO of Verdi Fashion International, Janusz Wisniewski, pointed out that the company had clothes factories in Italy, Romania and Albania, and footwear models produced in Paljuvi are mostly meant for renowned European and Russian companies, which are their main clients.
The president of the Municipality of Ub, Darko Glisic, who visited the facility in Paljuvi with the investors, said that he was satisfied that the factory had been built and opened in a very short time.
“This investment means a lot to us, and we have managed to provide infrastructure in the factory’s location in the shortest possible time. We have also provided a substation, which provides a sufficient amount of power, and we’ve a water connection. We are trying to be at service to the people who have set aside a considerable amount of money and to solve everything we are obligated to in close cooperation with them”, Glisic said.
The Stublenica-Ub Industrial Zone, located near the future Belgrade-South Adriatic motorway, has another 90 hectares of available land and, according to Glisic, other companies are interested in building their facilities here.
“When the motorway is close to completion, I expect the interest to increase, so we are slowly providing infrastructure to other land plots here. We now have a good example of what is everything supposed to look like and how an honest cooperation between the local self-government and the investor has lead to us making another industrial facility, to mutual satisfaction and benefit”, Glisic said and added that the local self-government was communicating with potential investors every day.
Hazelnut farm next to the factory
By the end of the year, a hazelnut farm will be established next to the footwear factory in Paljuvi. The Italians plan to form a plantation on 11 hectares of land, and the remaining 8 hectares, according to the owner of Verdi, are meant for sale to potential investor.
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