The exhibition presents most important stories of seven factories in Kamnik: Titan, Svilanit, Kik, Eta, Svilanit, Utok and Stol, which founded at the end of the nineteenth or early twentieth century due to the initiative of enterprising individuals. With enthusiasm they were developing products successfully over the years. These products are still used today, or they are remembered with great deal of pride. Through photographs, film testimonials, historical facts and objects, the exhibition attempts to show how the factories survived two tumultuous turning points: the end of the Second World War and the independence of Slovenia, with consequent changes in the social system. With the Kamnik’s industry, more or less all locals and surrounding are connected to: our parents or relatives were probably employed there. Some Kamnik’s factories are unfortunately remained only in beautiful and bitter memories. Following long tradition all the others continue to produce successfully. The exhibition was prepared by Marko Kumer and formed by Sc.D. Sonja Ifko, the museum issued a richly illustrated SMALL VOCABULARY of Kamnik industry.
A brief outline of the period written by the director of the museum, Sc.M. Zora Torkar:
At the end of the 19th and early 20th century the town had experienced new boom in the development of industrial facilities, construction of the railway (1891) and the expansion of health tourism. Then first industrial plants occurred from craft workshops and were largely beyond local needs: 1852 - gunpowder factory, 1857 - Prašnikars’ brickyard and cement factory, 1896 - Jan Špalek’s metal factory, 1878 - Blaž Schnabel’s stoneware factory, 1907 - flooring and curved furniture factory of Ivan Bahovec on Duplica.
Even in the Kingdom of Slovene, Croats and Serbs Kamnik remained an important industrial center. Among the more developed industries were wood, metal, leather, food and textile industries.
After 1945, from the pre-war private firms and companies factories were formed, such as KIK, Stol, Titan, Svilanit, Svit, Utok, Eta, which employed generations of Kamnik and neighboring residents. Whole families and individual parts of the Kamnik were associated with factories that employed even several thousand employees. Some of them have already completed their story, others successfully pursue and develop a long tradition of distinctive industry in Kamnik.