Company history

A maximum security prison had been located on the outskirts of Rylsk since the time of Catherine the Great. In 1960, pursuant to a resolution of the USSR Council of Ministers, the prison was closed down, the inmates were transfered and the premises were converted into the Rylsk Drawing Materials Factory.

 Back then unemployment in the town was high, and this was the main reason for establishing the factory as an industrial entity of federal importance. The establishment of the factory in Rylsk was a significant event in the life of the entire region. Historically, the Rylsky district had been a farming area, and for that reason the factory workers were former peasants who knew how to plough the land and grow crops. Now those toilers had to be trained to work at, regulate and control machines.


The first director of the plant was Ya.T.Kushnir. The team consisted of eight people: I.V.Fyodorov, B.G.Chapurin, V.A.Konovalov, V.I.Babenko, V.V.Bocharov, A.A.Ziborov, A.K.Zalessky and S.F.Fisenko. They set out to work enthusiastically, took out the window bars of the former prison, removed the partitions between cells, laid down wooden floors and adapted the premises for use as workshops. A month and a half later, a special commission of the Council of People's Commissars and the Kursk Regional Interior Department arrived at the factory bearing a resolution calling for the suspension of all construction work and the return of the prison building to the Interior Department. it was too late, however, as the prison as such had ceased to exist and had now become a workshop.

The year 1961 was spent training the personnel, acquiring manufacturing equipment, outfitting rooms and creating jobs. 

In 1962, the factory started to manufacture drawing materials. At first, the workers – mostly mechanical fitters – put together drawing sets from components fabricated by the Schyotmash plant in Kursk.

Then they learned how to make cases for drawing sets on their own. The lid and bottom of the case were made from wood, the inside was pasted over with red plush, and the outside with leatherette.

In 1962, some 260,000 drawing sets were made, and 112 machines were installed, including 108 metal cutting and 4 forge-and-pressing systems.

In 1976, a new factory building with a floor area of 12,000 square meters was commissioned. The machines and other process systems were relocated to new workshops and installed using the company’s own manpower and without stopping the manufacturing process. Both white and blue collar workers abandoned themselves to work, disregarding personal time. In the first year of relocation to new workshops, the factory increased its output threefold.

The product range grew each year. The factory manufactured 8 types of drawing sets and 3 types of geodesic instruments. In addition, by order of the Ministry of Education, it manufactured teaching aids like equatorial clocks for schools and magnetic deviation detectors. Drawing cases manufactured by the factory were distributed all over the former Soviet Union.

In 1985, the factory was acquired by the Kursk Manufacturing Association - Schyotmash. At that time the factory employed 1,200 workers and engineers.

In 1988, the factory team elected the chief engineer V.A.Seleznyov, a grassroots man who was a knowledgeable specialist and organiser, to the post of factory director.

On 21 October 1992, the Rylsk Drawing Materials Factory was renamed the Globus Joint-Stock Company. Since 18 June 1997, it has been called the Globus Open Joint-Stock Company.   

Today, Globus has a certificate as "Leader of Russia's Economy" and is one among five thousand leading companies in Russia.

Repair department. Pressing department. Lathes department. Plastics department. Assembly department. Grinding department. Mechanical fitting department.                                                                                                                                                               


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