Batch production of reinforced concrete ties in Russia was started in 1959, at Chelyabinsk Factory of Reinforced Concrete Ties which was the first specialized facility of the Russian railway branch manufacturing such ties.
The first director of the factory, G.M.Izmestyev, used to be a worker at Bridge Construction Crew No.424, and in August 1959 he took up office of the Director of Chelyabinsk Factory of Reinforced Concrete Ties.
The valuable production experience acquired by the factory staff was then used in the whole branch. Later, the key workers of the factory took active part in equipment and technological process setup at the newly-built factories, such as Vishnevsk Factory of Reinforced Concrete Ties, and Caucasus Factory of Reinforced Concrete Ties.
In 1979 to 1982, the enterprise underwent its first reconstruction, with installation of Hungarian-made equipment, ten-socket forms and inverting units, and extension of the main workshop by 40 meters. For minimization of downtime, a backup line was designed; the line comprised molding equipment and belt feed of concrete mix. These measures allowed to increase the production output from 300 to 500 thousand conventional ties a year.
In 1991, the factory started to manufacture reinforced concrete bars for track switches.
Since 1999, the demand of the factory’s products has sharply grown. The main customer of the plant, South Urals Railroad, required over 700 thousand conventional ties per year, and the factory’s capacity was limited to 550 thousand conventional ties per year. Thus, in 2000, according to the investment program of the Railway Ministry of the Russian Federation, it was decided to build the third technological passage of the concrete molding works. In July 2001, the new line produced its first tie. As a result of the reconstruction undertaken, the manufacturing capacity of the factory grew to 750 thousand conventional ties per year.
In the light of the constantly growing needs of the Russian railways, the output was still insufficient. Taking into account high professional merits and potential of the factory workers, in 2002 the Railway Ministry of the Russian Federation took the decision about the construction of a line for manufacturing ties with bar reinforcement, capacity 410 thousand conventional ties per year. The placement of the line required dismantling of the process equipment of the first production line, and its replacement with OLMI equipment.
At present, the factory is a fast-growing modern enterprise with well-balanced infrastructure and all the necessary auxiliary subdivisions. Its production capacity enables the output of 910 thousand conventional ties per year.