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Governor dismisses rumors about staff reduction at Ulyanovsk car plant

January 30, 2014, 20:33 UTC+3 ULYANOVSK
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ULYANOVSK, January 30. /ITAR-TASS/. The governor of Russia’s Ulyanovsk region in the Volga Federal District dismissed on Thursday rumors about the upcoming staff reduction at the UAZ car manufacturer, saying that the plant was getting ready to sign a new lucrative contract.

“I would like to stop rumors about the firing of staffers on a large scale,” Governor Sergei Morozov told reporters. “I stick to the position that the layoff is the last resort measure, and we are trying to get this message out to all enterprises,” he added.

The governor said equipment was being renovated at the plant and car models were being upgraded. Sources from the regional government said recently talks had been held with the deputy chairman of the military-industrial commission at the Russian government, Oleg Bochkaryov, to discuss the government contract for the supply of 8,500 UAZ all terrain vehicles in 2014 for the defense, interior and emergencies ministries.

The press service of the regional government also said the car plant had received an offer to consider the armoring of vehicles. According to experts, this service at the car manufacturer will be 1.5 to two times cheaper than if ordered at an intermediary company. Before May, plant’s specialists must be ready in order to meet technical conditions of the Defense Ministry and the Federal Security Service.

The main task for the current year is to launch the production of a new generation UAZ Patriot and work to weld ISUZU driver’s cabins.

From December 2013 to the end of January, a sizable part of UAZ manufacturer staffers were on an in-company leave. According to the plant leadership, up-to-date German equipment had been commissioned in the painting shop in the meantime. Starting from February, the plant will assume a new painting technology which will make the car cabin eight times more corrosive resistant.

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