Moscow, Russia – June 29, 2012. Kirov region governor Nikita Belykh had a working meeting with Chairman of the Board of Directors of URALCHEM OJSC, Dmitry Mazepin.
Kirov region is a key region for URALCHEM, being home to one of the company’s leading enterprises, MFP KCCW, with more than 2,800 employees. MFP KCCW is the largest taxpayer in the region; in 2011 the plant paid a record amount of taxes to the regional budget, about 2.2 billion roubles. In 2011 the volume of production of its products increased by 5% to 2.27 million tonnes.
During the meeting, the governor and the chairman discussed issues of cooperation between URALCHEM and the Kirov region administration, in particular, the implementation of a number of socio-economic projects. In 2011 the Government of the Kirov region, the administration of the city of Kirovo-Chepetsk and MFP KCCW signed two cooperation agreements, which totalled 200 million roubles. Under these agreements, a kindergarten for 125 pre-school children is being built in Kirovo-Chepetsk (to be opened in 2013). Another part of the agreement is the implementation of a "service housing" project. The project includes the purchase of 90 new apartments, of which 50% will be given to public sector employees and 50% will be used as service apartments for the company’s employees. The company actively supports the development of children's sports in the region by implementing its own programme - "URALCHEM for children". It also takes part in the "Safe City" programme, which is installing video cameras in the more disturbed areas of Kirovo-Chepetsk.
Among other issues discussed during the meeting was environmental security in the area of Kirovo-Chepetsk industrial hub, where, during the 1950-1990s, substantial environmental damage was caused as a result of industrial activities. URALCHEM continues to invest heavily in reclamation of the area; it meets all the requirements of government agencies, working closely with all the regulatory bodies in the Kirov region.
The governor praised the socio-economic projects in Kirovo-Chepetsk that have been implemented with the support of URALCHEM. "The construction of pre-school facilities and service housing constitutes a substantial support package for the second-largest city in the region. I am certain that the people of the Kirovo-Chepetsk appreciate it," said Nikita Belykh.
Dmitry Mazepin noted that the company’s good operational and financial results allow URALCHEM to participate actively in the development of the region. "We understand how important it is for the Kirov region to address social and environmental issues effectively and we devote much time and effort to this. In 2012 we have set ourselves a task to repeat the results of 2011," said the Chairman of the Board of Directors of URALCHEM.
In the Kirov region, the governor declared 2012 as "Year of the working man." URALCHEM is taking part in all the activities undertaken within this project. Thus, MFP KCCW is cooperating with various educational institutions to attract new employees. Moreover, URALCHEM provides social benefits to young workers, enabling them to get further education and training. The company is also actively cooperating with the regional administration in the field of education and training for young professionals working in the chemical industry.