Former giant from Velika Plana, the factory for the production of sports and designer clothes Perkon has been in bankruptcy since 2009. The property was estimated at RSD 117 million at the time, but there were no interested buyers at four public auctions. At the fifth one, Perkon was sold to a Turkish investor for RSD 23.5 million, as property of the bankruptcy debtor.
In the past, around 200 workers produced recognizable winter-jackets for the former SFRY market, but also for export, in the 1,500-m2 production hall. The production entailed each stage in the process, from preparing the feathers to the buttons for sports equipment. Following the bankruptcy, however, the property was damaged and machines either destroyed or stolen. The new owner is now cleaning the premises in other to make them suitable for production.
– The location is good, it's close to Europe, there are no transportation problems and I believe that there will be no problems with the workers either. The task ahead of us is hard, but I believe we will succeed – points out Safet Saglam, owner of Sercan Tekstil
For around 50% of the amount of the initial evaluation, the investor has become owner of five buildings with around 6,600 square meters of usable area on a parcel of 7,500 square meters in the center of Velika Plana. They plan to invest a million euros in reviving the factory and to employ 150 people by December.
– We produce shirts for children, women and men, we produce them for established brands and sell them throughout Europe – Saglam adds.
The Turkish company Sercan Tekstil was founded in 1997. It employs 70 people in the parent factory, and an additional 400 people work for it as subcontractors. If the production in Velika Plana goes according to plan, they will employ an additional 250 people next year.
Nenad Peric, president of the municipality of Velika Plana, points out that it is well-known that the local self-government's revenues come from property tax, and that this would increase considerably with the arrival of the Turkish company.
– To us, it's a new source of revenue. Furthermore, the revenues of the local self-government are 74% from the collected income tax, and there will be 400 people working here, which is another source of income – Peric notes.
Around a hundred former workers expect their claims related to late salaries and contribution to be settled using the proceeds from the sale of Perkon.