The story of sustainable expansion
Our growth has been slow but steady ever since we started in 2005. FUSH˚ began working in a little more than 200 square meters of space, split between the basement and the ground floor of an apartment building in Dorćol, Belgrade.
We’ve cut materials manually and could only sew samples, not the whole batches. We relied on outside help a lot, especially for printing and sewing. It took us 12 years to start getting enough orders to warrant expansion. That took place in 2017.
Dorćol factory – our first home
Enter FUSH˚: from an abandoned furniture store to a modern textile hub
Aiming to expand our services and reduce dependence on outside help (mainly in the printing department), we moved to an old furniture store in Miljakovac, Belgrade. There, we rearranged the hell out of the facilities.
For example, we turned the former warehouse into a one-story building. The ground floor became home to the cutting and sewing departments, kitchen, boiler room and a little storage room. The newly-built first floor became home to the offices and another kitchen.
This is what how it looked like when we arrived.
And this is how it looks like now.
We brought the big storage room, printing, and packing departments to the basement, refurbished the staircases, and completely redid all the toilets. Not only did we start printing on our own, but we automated the cutting by getting our hands on the Orox Flexo Tailor Combo cutter spreader machine.
Also, our storage capabilities increased significantly. All of a sudden, we were able to stockpile the in-demand materials and improve the production speed even more.
Even though we made a huge step forward, we still didn’t have enough room to become fully independent, especially when sewing. That’s why, in the same year, we submitted a bid to buy an old textile factory in South-East Serbia called ITP Grdelica. Luckily, we managed to buy it.
However, there were serious bumps along the way in bringing the existing infrastructure up to our standard. But let’s not go there just yet. How about a brief history lesson on an old factory built in former Yugoslavia? We’ll reveal more in the next blog post.
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