Social Business People in OMK Areas of Operation Develop Manufacturing Capability for Personal Protective Gear

Social business people in areas where the United Metallurgical Company (AO OMK, Moscow) operates that were able to launch their businesses thanks to the Start Your Own Business Program for social business initiatives (run by OMK) have re-purposed and are manufacturing personal protective gear.
The most impressive facility was commissioned in the town of Chusovoy (Perm Territory). Irina Serditykh that previously opened a children's fashion house has successfully joined forces with the Chusovoy Clothing Factory. At the time of the greatest shortage of protective gear, the companies jointly manufactured over 400,000 masks meeting the demand both from residents and the Territory's offices. Currently, Irina has gone back to her primary business: the making of clothes; however, protective masks are still available, and at a discounted price.

In Blagoveshchensk (Republic of Bashkortostan), business people Dilbar and Artur Akhmetov suspended the making of children's textiles in their workshop to make protective masks. In just over a month, the business' employees manufactured over 500 masks.

Founder of laser cutting studio Dmitri Smirnov from the Vyksa Municipal District (Nizhniy Novgorod Region) started making protective face screens. These may even be worn with glasses, which is especially convenient for people with vision problems. A first major batch has already been purchased by the OMK-Uchastiye Foundation for Vyksa's volunteers and social organizations. Currently, the businessman is making delivery contracts with offices, including Government ones. And participants in a project to make souvenirs have started making disposable masks under the auspices of the Edelweiss local young disabled people's organization.

"When a shortage of personal protective gear developed in many locations, several winners of the Start Your Own Business Program re-purposed their businesses in the span of a few days to channel all the resources to aid residents. Now that the crisis is over businesses can go back to their primary activities while continuing to make personal protective gear as needed. I am convinced that this unprecedented history will help them develop their businesses even further going forward", noted OMK Corporate Social Responsibility Lead Olga Mironova.