I.Metshin: “Along with a large number of activities in Kazan, our manufacturers have developed as well”
Today, the Mayor of Kazan Ilsur Metshin visited Stolyarny Arsenal
LLC - a furniture manufacturing company. Among other things, the company
produced interior elements for a number of cultural centers reconstructed in
the city – Lenin cultural center, Said-Galiev cultural center and others. The
head of the city got acquainted with the work of the enterprise in the situation
of the coronavirus pandemic and discussed measures that will help the
development of such small and medium-sized enterprises.
The company was established eleven years ago, and during this
time its employees have participated in the reconstruction of a number of major
urban venues. So, the company's masters were engaged in restoring unique oak
doors at the Said-Galiev cultural center, which is a newly identified cultural
heritage venue of the Stalinist era. The specialists had a task not only to
repair the building, but to restore the interior elements. The company also
manufactured items for the Lenin cultural center in Yudino, Galiev mosque and
Ilsur Metshin got acquainted with the working process at the
enterprise – visited the painting, grinding shops, as well as the cutting shop.
“Tatarstan masters have always been famous for their work and we see evidence
of this”, - I.Metshin said.
The Mayor of Kazan noted that the quality of furniture doesn’t
concede to the European manufacturers. “Together with a large number of activities
held in Kazan, such as the Universiade, the World FINA Championship, and FIFA World
Cup, our manufacturers have developed as well. They started with small orders,
and now they are making real works of art”, - the Mayor noted.
I.Metshin asked whether the company experienced difficulties
with deliveries during the coronavirus pandemic. According to Mikhail Kozlov,
Director of Stolyarny Arsenal LLC, those companies that were able to create a
stock of raw materials managed to cope. Though, it is difficult to predict the
situation in the future, since manufacturers and suppliers from all over the
world suspended their work, he said.
“Small and medium-sized business is the basis of any economy
of a city, republic, or country. We have worked systematically to improve the
business climate in Kazan. We simplified regulations and approvals, and our
result is that today the contribution of small and medium-sized business to the
city budget is almost 40%”, - I.Metshin said. Now we need to think about reducing
the consequences of the pandemic on the city's economy and support small and
medium-sized business”, - the Mayor