Grupa Azoty S.A. is one of the largest chemical companies in Central Europe, a recognized brand of fertilizers, construction plastics and modern technological solutions used worldwide.
This, however, is not the only dimension to be seen when viewing the 85-year history of Zakłady Azotowe w Tarnowie-Mościcach S.A., previously Państwowa Fabryka Związków Azotowych – we will also see several generations of thousands of people who, since 1927, have been forging this place's identity. There is not an iota of exaggeration or artificial pathos in this statement. In 1927, when people with the daring idea of erecting a factory and settlement for thousands of its employees appeared within just a few kilometers from the Renaissance Tarnów old town and Gothic cathedral towering over it for centuries, it was a notion unsupported by any previous experience of the senses. At times „it appeared anachronistic and paradoxical”, as recalled by the construction's initiator, the President of Poland, Ignacy Mościcki (1926-1939).
Each day was a protest against any delays or inertia. The idea of a great project fired the imaginations of the thousands who comprised the first crew of builders. A process once begun could not be stopped. The sprouting giants of a large-scale industrial island changed the landscape of „peaceful wooden villages gazing over fields of grain and meadows” overnight, growing into the organism of the nearby town which watched this triumph of heretics with troubled dismay. A „veritably American haste, reminiscent of images of the gold rush” reigned supreme. An atmosphere which was to become the genius loci of the place also hung in the air: „One could feel here the need to adapt external beauty to internal harmony” - Ignacy Mościcki wrote.
On January 18, 1930 the grand opening ceremony of one 1930s Europe's most modern factories took place.
85 years of history serves as testimony that it has "emerged victorious from the fire of life", while for its people and the place where it exists it is something more than merely a factory producing and selling its output.