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Post-war Industrial Development

During the Occupation and the Civil War, many of Naoussa's factories were destroyed. But even from the early 1950s a rapid renewal of installations and equipment begins, always in the textiles sector, which however is expanded a little later with the manufacture of new products from synthetic fibre (Acryl blankets) and ready-made clothes - always maintaining and expanding export activities which in some cases reaches 95% of production. The facilities of Naoussa Spinning Mills and Varvaresos - European Spinning Mills are amongst the largest and most up to date of their kind in Greece.

 

Industrial units in a completely different direction are created at Naoussa from the 1960s onwards. They are closely linked with the rapid post-war growth of fruit and vine cultivation in the area. Canneries, fruit refrigerator-selectors, units for the manufacture of agricultural machinery and equipment, and plastic, furniture and casing factories were created one after the other mainly in the area around the railway station. And, of course, the large wineries of the viniculture zone which gather the entire vineyard produce of the area and produce the famous origin labeled wine, "Naoussa".

 

The ascertainment of historian E. Stougiannakis that Naoussa comprised the "wet-nurse of the industrial spirit..." could, by analogy, hold even today. Many Naoussa industries are included amongst the 100 largest industries in the country. Unfortunately, today some of the most significant units have ceased operation due to economic difficulties. As a result, the town is facing the spectrum of deindustrialization, with unemployment its most important problem.

 



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