In 1883 William Henry MacGarvey, a Canadian engineer settled in Glinik Mariampolski near Gorlice and established an oil refinery and a tool repair workshop with the help of an Austrian financier, John Simeon Bergheim. In 1895, W.H. Mac Garvey and J. Bergheim obtained a license to establish Galicyjskie Karpackie Naftowe Towarzystwo Akcyjne (Galician Carpathian Oil Joint-Stock Company) headquartered in Glinik Mariampolski, and their workshop began to operate as a separate Fabryka Maszyn i Narzędzi Wiertniczych (Machinery and Drilling Tools Factory) in Glinik Mariampolski. The refinery soon became one of the most important undertakings in region and the tools factory was considered the best of its kind in Europe until the outbreak of the First World War.

The company intensively expanded its product range to produce, among other things, complete drilling rigs, pumps, steam powered engines, impact drills, and tools and equipment for shaft drilling. It supplied the Polish market and exported products to the majority of oil-rich countries, including Romania, the USSR, Austria, India, Syria, Argentina and Peru.

During the Second World War, the factory was owned by the German concern Karpathen Oil AG.

Years 1883 - 1945

After the war, the factory was renamed to Centralne Warsztaty Naftowe (Central Oil Workshops) (1949) The plant was expanded, new production halls and warehouses were built, and equipment was developed and modernized. New social support facilities were also constructed. The factory regained its market reputation for drilling equipment, tools and accessories. It started production of rotary tools – drills, as well as tools for deep drilling. In 1962, the plant name was once again changed to Fabryka Maszyn i Sprzętu Wiertniczego Glinik (Machine and Drilling Equipment Factory Glinik).

In 1968, the factory began production of machines and equipment for mechanized mining as well hydraulic powered roof supports for coal mines. This was a period of intense development and growth – a new factory including a forge and power plant was built. Production grew significantly, driven by unique designs and technological solutions. The company entered many new markets including China, England, Hungary, Yugoslavia. In 1973, it changed its name to Fabryka Maszyn Wiertniczych i Górniczych Glinik (Drilling and Mining Equipment Factory Glinik).

In the 80s, there was tremendous growth in powered caving and backfilling roof supports for mining applications. The company also expanded its offering for the coal mining industry to include ploughs, conveyors, and high-performance longwall systems. Exports to the East were intensively developing.

Years: 1945 - 1968

The process of privatization in Poland began and many structural and organizational changes were made. The firm evolved into a company wholly owned by the state Treasury – Fabryka Maszyn Glinik S.A (Machine Factory Glinik S.A.). In the following years, the company participated in the Mass Privatization Program and was subject to an intense restructuring, through the sale of social assets, land and buildings.

The company’s structure was gradually transformed into holding, manufacturing and service-providing companies and factories were separated, including Kuźnia Glinik Sp. z o.o. (Glinik Forge Ltd.), Narzędzia i Urządzenia Wiertnicze Glinik Sp. z o.o. (Drilling Tools and Equipment Glinik Ltd.) and Zakład Maszyn Górniczych Glinik Sp. z o.o. (Mining Machinery Plant Glinik Ltd.). As a result of the changes, Kuźnia Glinik Sp. z o.o. Began operating as a separate economic entity in September of 1993.

In 2001, a manager and employee owned company Inwest “Glinik” Sp. z o.o. (Invest “Glinik” Ltd.) was established, which purchased 87.84% of the shares of Fabryka Maszyn “Glinik S.A. (Machine Factory “Glinik” S.A.) from the National Investment Funds and the State Treasury.

In July 2011, an experienced Polish investment company TDJ S.A. signed a final contract with Inwest “Glinik” S.A. For the acquisition of the Glinik Group of Companies in Gorlice. TDJ S.A. acquired a block of shares in Fabryka Maszyn „Glinik” S.A. (Machine Factory “Glinik” S.A.) and thus took control over its subsidiaries. An intense process of restructuring began.

In October 2013, Kuźnia Glinik Sp. z o.o. Joined the structure of Polska Grupa Odlewnicza (Polish Foundry Group) under a share purchase agreement, concluded with TDJ S.A.

Years: 1992 - 2013


ul Tysiąclecia 101
40-875 Katowice, Poland

PGO S.A. Kuźnia Glinik Oddział w Gorlicach
ul. Chopina 33A
38-320 Gorlice, Poland

KRS: 0000305325,
Regon: 590722383,
VAT UE: PL7712374309

Phone +48 18 35 49 500
Fax +48 18 35 49 504
e-mail: kuzniaglinik@pgosa.pl

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