The starting point in the history of the plant was October 7, 1941, soon after the beginning of the Great Patriotic War, when the Altai land became a second home for the evacuated Dneprodzerzhinsk Railcar Building Plant N.A. "Pravda" Newspaper.
The history of "Altaivagon" has many glorious pages. During the war, the Altai railcar builders significantly contributed to the defeat of the enemy and added to strengthening the defense capability of the country by manufacturing products for military purposes, for which the plant was awarded 1st Class Great Patriotic War Order. In 1945, the plant turned to non-military production and began to manufacture freight railway rolling stock (flatcars); in the late 40s, it built 50-ton load capacity eight-wheel boxcars.
In the early 50s, the plant turned completely to modified boxcars with an increased load capacity of up to 60 tons. Yet it was only a beginning of the fulfillment of new industrial plans. Soon specialized types of rolling stock were put into production – log flatcars and cattle boxcars. In total, the Altai railcar builders manufactured 6 types of cars of different designs.
1961 — 1970
In the early 60s, the Altai railcar builders produced double skeleton flat cars for hauling logs, increased cubic capacity cars, sliding roof cars, and mobile meat processing plants. Both the technologies and the production became more and more advanced. The metal-cutting machine park increased its capacity, which allowed automatizing many processes involved in the fabrication of railcar parts and components.
1971 — 1980
In the 70s, "Altaivagon" became famous for the production of the first all-metal boxcar which remained the symbol of the Altai railcar building industry for many years (its engineering design having been started as far back as the 60s). There was more and more modernization. New export all-metal boxcar versions appeared, developed for China, Cuba, and other countries.
1981 — 1990
The 80s was a period of strong working partnership between "Altaivagon" and the People’s Republic of China. The plant received a highest quality certificate. By the end of 1983, it had turned to 100% all-metal boxcar production.
1991 — 2000
The last decade of the 20th century became the second hardest period for the plant after the war years. The country faced a protracted production and economic crisis. The problem of supplying rolled metal products from the ex-Soviet countries became worse and worse. The plant was on the verge of stopping its production. On October 30, 1992, it was transformed into OJSC "Altaivagon". The enterprise explored the market and organized the production of new specialized rolling stock for various industrial sectors, such as metallurgy, coal, petroleum, chemical and lumbering industries, and also for the Federal Ministry of Railways.
The New Millennium
The beginning of the new millennium ushered in the revival of the plant. The number of new products was soon in large excess over the values of the previous years. The gain of production increased significantly, and so did the product quality. New models of railcars were certified. The company became more and more modernized, improving its equipment fleet, facility buildings, tracks and access ways. As its production capacities increased, "Altaivagon" received more and more orders.
In the end of 2002, in order to ensure economic security, "Altaivagon" decided to organize its own foundry production using a former tractor part plant in Rubtsovsk as a base. On September 18, 2003, the first subsidiary was opened (Rubtsovsk, Altai Territory).
Having a significant potential for the production of a wide range of freight railcar models, the company still had to face a problem – it needed more production space to grow its output. On March 12, 2004, the Kemerovo Subsidiary OJSC "Altaivagon" was opened (Kemerovo, Kemerovo Region).
Today OJSC "Altaivagon" is one of the most successful enterprises of the Altai Territory. The company’s products are in high demand in both the domestic and foreign markets. Based on its corporate performance, OJSC "Altaivagon" was more than once acknowledged as "The Best Industrial Enterprise" of the Altai Territory in the Machine Engineering nomination.
In November 2003, OJSC "Altaivagon" was presented with the Main All-Russian Award "Russian National Olympus".
In 2004, at the "Best Enterprises of Russia" All-Russian Contest awarding ceremony, OJSC "Altaivagon" was recognized as a winner in the Dynamic and Efficient Development nomination.
In 2006, OJSC "Altaivagon" was nominated for the first "Gold Chariot" All-Russian Award in the machine building category.
In 2010, the enterprise was honored the highest award of the "Best Goods and Services of Siberia GEMMA 2010" Interregional Contest organized with the support of a plenipotentiary of the RF President and under the auspices of the Interregional Association "Siberian Agreement" (the union of governors of Siberia and Ural), as well as 3rd Place Diploma of the "Best Socially Responsible Company of the Year" Contest in the nomination "For Social Partnership Development", and 1st Place Diploma in the nomination "For Company-Wide Promotion of Healthy Lifestyle". On the recommendation of the Industry and Energetics Administration of the Altai Territory, the joint-stock company was included in the "Leading Industrial Enterprises of Russia" National Register (Certificate #3010).
Based on the results of 2011, OJSC "Altaivagon" was awarded an Honorary Certificate of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs for its great contribution to the development of the railway transport.
The company does not rest on its laurels – it is constantly evolving and improving its results. OJSC "Altaivagon" has developed new types of products in its two subsidiaries – railcar castings made in Rubtsovsk (Altay Territory) and flatcars of models 13-2114, 13-2116 and 13-2118 built in Kemerovo (Kemerovo Region). In 2005, OJSC "Altaivagon" (including its subsidiaries) built 6555 railcars, in 2006 – 7543, in 2007 – 7941, in 2008 – 7206, in 2009 (a crisis year) – 3855, in 2010 – 9081, in 2011 – 7785, in 2012 – 8540. At the end of 2011, the official number of employees (including the subsidiaries) was 8 292. Today the number of personnel is 8 403 (as of 01/02/2013).
An indicator of OJSC "Altaivagon"’s effective work is the fact that, in 2005, it received the international ISO 9001 Quality Management System Certificate. The certifying authority was the world-famous German company "RWTUV Systems GmbH". In 2008, the company successfully passed a recertification. The primary QMS task is increasing the product quality by continuously improving the intra-company work in order to strengthen its current positions in the Russian market and extend its sphere of influence in the international railcar building market. This can be achieved, as the company believes, with a totally priority-oriented attitude towards the customers’ requirements and an effective quality management structure.