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HISTORY

The MEBLE WÓJCIK brand has been operating on the Polish market since 2008. However, the history of the company which introduced this brand to the market, began exactly 25 years ago in Elbląg.


At the current headquarters, during the period between April and September 1986 Leszek Wójcik (current owner of the Stolpłyt and Wójcik factories - manufacturers of the Meble Wójcik brand) built the first carpenter's workshop, with an area of 250 m2. Here, the first financially independent batch production of furniture began, which was not so simple at the time, because only government enterprises operated on a large scale, while batch production was prohibited for private enterprises. People reluctantly undertook work in private companies, access to materials, machines and carpentry equipment was effectively curbed by the authorities of that time, while sale of furniture in state-owned stores was prohibited.

 

Despite the opposition, trade on the domestic market was conducted both in privatised stores and cooperative outlets. However, the largest share in sales was had by mobile sales, which is a popular straight-from-the-car form of trade, mostly at marketplaces throughout Poland. This activity contributed to the slight development of the company, however, the time for the biggest development of the Stolpłyt factory didn't come until 1994 - this included building the capital of a company which was professional and valued in the furniture market. This was due to the eastern markets, which opened in 1995 - mainly Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Kazakhstan. Beginning from 1994, continuous investments improved production capacity and the strength of the company. In 1997 another modern hall with an area of 2000 m2 was built. New machines and production lines were purchased, which resulted in increased production capacity and employment.

 

1998 brought collapse - as a result of the Russian government's customs policy, which was unfavourable to the furniture industry, and the ruble exchange rate being too low, the eastern markets closed for Polish manufacturers almost overnight. However, it was this difficult year that became the turning point in the history of the company. Forced by the Balkan countries, the Czech Republic and Slovakia to search for new markets, STOLPŁYT reached the European Union (to this day Germany and Austria are our main markets). Stable and successive company growth began. The whole team took on a huge challenge, which led to tangible results in the form of new, key experiences in the area of production technology, organisation of work and the sales and customer service system.

 

In 2000 the company expanded by another 2000 m2 production hall. The offices were also extended. Unfortunately, during the implementation of this project, a fire broke out, destroying one of the halls together with modern machines and production materials. The losses were enormous. However, with the great effort, help and understanding of employees, business partners and customers, the destroyed hall was rebuilt in the same year, and the building of a modern facility, which housed new machinery stock, was completed.

 

The years that followed were full of new investments, which allowed for a significant increase in production capacity and expansion of the offer for customers with a new range. New technologies were purchased progressively, and the construction of a new 4000 m2 warehouse and social room for 100 employees was completed in 2003. In 2004, a further 1000 m2 of production hall was built, the office space was doubled, and high-performance machine tools were purchased. Supported by a well-run sales policy, these investments helped to strengthen cooperation with STOLPŁYT's strategic customers. Proof of the scale of development was in the fact that in 2005, four times more furniture was produced than in 2002. In turn, this led to further expansion of the warehouses by 2600 m2.

 

From the establishment of a small wood-working shop to today's furniture factory, the continual development is depicted in the changing name: 1986 - 'Warsztat Stolarski (Carpenter's Workshop) - Leszek Wójcik', then 'Przedsiębiorstwo Produkcyjno-Handlowe (Manufacturing and Trading Company) STOLPŁYT Leszek Wójcik' and since February 2006 - 'Fabryka Mebli STOLPŁYT Spółka z ograniczoną odpowiedzialnością (STOLPŁYT Furniture Factory Limited Liability Company)'.

 

The last 5 years of the company have been a period of extremely dynamic production development, further fuelled by active participation in international trade fairs around the world. In 2006 a decision was made to build a third production plant, which, in October 2006, after less than 6 months of construction, began production as 'Wójcik Fabryka Mebli Sp. z o.o. The production profile of the company includes case goods made from particle board (mainly melamine, with increased resistance to scratching, damage, moisture and high temperatures), which are exported to markets such as: Austria, Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Croatia, Lithuania, Latvia and Great Britain.

 

In 2008, against the background of the experience gained in western markets, but based on native design, the MEBLE WÓJCIK brand debuts on the Polish market, produced by Fabryka Mebli Stolpłyt SP. z o.o. and Wójcik Fabryka Mebli Sp. z o.o. A unique furniture range was created, designed with the Polish consumer in mind, in line with the native style and housing conditions. Furthermore, a team of qualified employees was hired, who are dedicated to serving the Polish market. Today, domestic sales account for approximately 15% of STOLPŁYT and WÓJCIK Furniture Factories' sales, and this brand's products have additionally gained recognition not only in Poland (where there are almost 300 furniture showrooms), but also in neighbouring countries (Czech Republic, Slovakia, Ukraine, Bulgaria).

In 2010 the next large investment took place. Both factories were extended, and the combined production and warehouse area of both factories increased by 10,000 m2 to 51,000 m2.