The industry in Naoussa
The industrial and commercial activity is appreciable and particularly in the Municipalities Naoussa and Stenimachos. Along with the agricultural production, it constitutes one of the most important sources of income of the local population and the main or additional source of economic resources in the urban centre of Naoussa and in some of the neighboring settlements for a long time.
The manufacturing activity is long-lasting in the region and has begun since 1874-1875 when the factory of textile "Loggou- Tourpali" was founded in Naoussa. Perhaps this was the first industry in the Balkans with the modern meaning of term. The next few years and in the beginning of 20th century four more industrial units in the same sector of activity were founded that generously offered places of work mainly in the region of Naoussa and constituted the core of economic growth of the region. The growth of the particular sector in Naoussa continued in the 20th century and since 1920 it was immediately connected with the Lanara family. Since 1950 some other manufacturing activities such as the standardisation of fruits and the wine industry were developed, while seasonal places of work in the region of Naoussa were also offered by the enterprises of cannery, one of the most popular was the VERMIO- NAOUSSA.
At the beginning of 1990, however, a big fall of the industrial activity occurred, which was marked by the closure of two big industrial units in Naoussa, the VETLANS and the PELLA OLYMPUS units, by the reduction of activity in the ready clothing and the important diminution of sizes in the standardisation sector and marketing of fruits. These circumstances resulted in a dramatic increase of the unemployment rate in the region and the reduction of the income with given the unfavorable development of agriculture that constituted and still constitutes the additional immense source of economic resources.
Most of the Industrial - Craft based units are assembled in and outside the city of Naoussa and Stenimachos, which are also the poles of attraction of every economic activity. The most well-known units are the SPINNING BARBARESSOS, the MPOYTARIS AND SON, the DAIOS HM. etc.