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Big report about Cherepovets Metallurgic Plant

Cherepovets is the largest city in the Vologda region in Russia. Ice hockey fans know it for the HC Severstal, which is a few positions ahead of HC Dinamo Minsk in the KHL.

The Cherepovets Metallurgic Plant has been known since the ancient times. From the steel and cast iron produced here, 2000 Eiffel Towers can be built annually. And many times more of automotive equipment. It is not by chance that the building cluster of Belarus and Russia is being created in Cherepovets. The assembling line of Belarus tractors has been launched there last week.

Pavel Mikhinkevich is the head of the department now. His task is to develop new details in a special computer program for aggregates, produced at the Cherepovets Metallurgic Plant. The young man came across this program in his home city Minsk when studying at the Belarusian National Technical University. After working in Minsk, he was invited to work in Cherepovets.

Pavel Mikhinkevich, head of foundry practices technologies department at the Cherepovets Metallurgic Plant:
There are many Belarusians working here: the head technologist and the head constructor are Belarusians.

The story began about ten years ago. Vladimir Boglayev came to Cherepovets as an anticrisis manger. Before than he occupied responsible positions in Zhodino and Minsk, then he began working in Russia. It is a family dynasty. Vladimir’s father worked at BelAZ and it happened to turn out that he returned to machine building after a range of business projects in Moscow.

The plant today assembles p to 200 new tractors every month, 1700 per year. The idea to expand the plant into a machine engineering cluster was mentioned three years ago for the first time.

Vladimir Boglayev, director general of the Cherepovets Metallurgic Plant:
All the large plants of Russia - “Gazprom”, “Lukoil”. “Norilsk nikel”, “Severstal”. All of them buy products from the Cherepovets Metallurgic Plant. Therefore, as a supplier, we are known in Russia and have a certain brand.

The Belarusian diaspora appeared at the plant by chance. A Belarusian director started looking for employees whom he personally knew. Alexander Isachenko used to work at BelAZ. Now he is controlling the process of creating a new cabin for a loader, developed at the plant.

Alexander Isachenko, head of assembling department:
We are working in one mutual direction, because we were connected before. There  is no need to explain certain issues, they are understood straight away. The aims are reached quicker.

As many as 16 Belarusians work at the plant today, all of them work in management and engineering departments.

Leonid Klimashevsky has been working here as the head welder at the plant for 11 years. Before that he was working at MAZ.

Leonid Klimashevsky, head welder of the Cherepovets Metallurgic Plant:
In the Soviet times (everybody knows it), Belarus was the talent foundry-not only a metallurgic school, but the whole school of machine engineering. The labor force is still valued here.

Cherepovets is an industrial city; it is a constant rival to the regional center. Vologda is calmer. In the region they even say that if you want to make a career, you should go to Cherepovets.

Kirill Kazakov:
The main and popular symbol of Cherepovets is a cable bridge, which was built 38 years ago. It is called Oktyabrsky. It connects the central part of the city with the Zasheksninsky district, where practically all young families of steelmakers live.

This is Yan Chaikovsky, the last of the Belarusians to come to Cherepovets from Belarus. He lives in a company-owned apartment. Yan was invited to Cherepovets by his friend Pavel Mikhinkevich. He got acquainted with Katya at a corporative event. They got married in June and are expecting a baby girl. The three friends meet up not often, but at work they meet regularly.

Will your baby be Belarusian or Russian?

Yan and Yeakterina Chaikovskiye:
We will have 50/50.

The young couple is right, Belarusian tractors will also be half Belarusian and half Russian. These are the norms of localization in the Belarus-Russia Union State.

Big report about Cherepovets Metallurgic Plant