Cycling five miles from Zagreb's city center brings me to Koncar
Elektroindustrija's headquarters. It's a somewhat rundown area
filled with large apartment blocks built in the 1950's. Koncar,
with revenues of $273 million and over 4,000 employees, manufactures
industrial machinery. We're talking about machinery used by other
companies such as transformers, rotating machines and locomotives.
I attempt to lock my bike outside the building's entrance but
a security guard comes out and shoos me way. I end up locking
my trusty steed in a spot reserved for bikes near the entrance
to the factory grounds at the rear of the building. The security
guard manning the reception desk is the same one who made me
move the bike. He doesn't speak English. The lobby/reception
area reeks from years and years of cigarettes and the brown paneled
walls are ugly and dated. It looks like nothing has been touched
on the exterior or interior (including furnishings) of the building
since it was built, which was probably in the early 1950's. Listed
on the Zagreb Stock Exchange, Koncar's no-frills style must be
music to the ears of shareholders who don't have to worry about
company funds being spent on palatial offices.
The guard makes a call and then hands me the phone with a woman
who speaks English on the other end. I explain what I do and
how I mailed a letter of introduction along with some news clippings
a month ago to CEO Darinko Bago. I ask the woman if she could
call Mr. Bago's secretary to find out where my letter ended up.
Jeez, it turns out Bago, along with his secretary aren't here
today. I explain how my questions are easy, takes about 10 minutes
and that just about anybody can answer them. The woman says there's
just isn't anybody around today.
Company website: www.koncar.hr