Private limited liability company (hereinafter – “UAB”) “Alauša” has started its activities in the very first year after the restoration of Lithuanian independence (1990) and is successfully active for 33 years as of now. During this period of time it has travelled a long and complicated way of search and discovery and has been especially successful in organizing and developing its business. During the entirety of the above-mentioned period, UAB “Alauša” has achieved great working results.
The search for the historical roots of the company clearly reveals that circumstances, which were rather favorable for the organization of UAB “Alauša” have appeared much earlier than the company got officially established and registered. It happened a couple of years prior to that. This statement is convincingly confirmed by the fact that the starting capital for the creation of future business was accumulated already in 1986 in the former Elmininkai farm testing station (Anyksciai district), and took place up to the end of 1988, according to the founders of the company.
At that time, the young and talented manager Algimantas Čaplinskas (who is now the head of UAB “Alauša”) was growing cabbages at his former father’s farm and leased land and selling them in Lithuania and abroad. The amount of vegetables even required a special warehouse to be built on the location. Sadly, a large part of the cabbages was regularly damaged and lost its marketing appearance during winter times.
The problem of preserving the crop farmed at the farm until the late springtime was solved in a few years. Now, after absorbing and using the crop preservation technology, described in German literature of that time, the cabbages were buried in sand every autumn and were dug out in great condition and thoroughly preserved in spring to be shipped to Archangelsk, Murmansk, Syktyvkar, Petrozavodsk and Severomorsk to be sold there. The trips were complicated but they “brought the capital”.
A lot of such trips left a great impression and brought unforgettable experience, which Algimantas recalls even up to this day:
– It happened during the last year when we had to transport the cabbages to such distant places, which did not even had roads at that time, – says Algimantas. – First they were carried to Syktyvkar, where the crop would be reloaded to railway wagons to be carried to the Usin city, which is located at the land of eternal frost. These trips required a lot of strength and endurance: we had to resist the cold northern climate conditions and overcome two-storey house deep snowdrifts, even though it was May… However, the hardships did not stop us, since we had a clear aim set for ourselves at the moment – to transport our grown crops as far away from Lithuania as possible – to places, which did not have any vegetables at that time of the year…
– A complicated case occurred once in the north, in the Archangelsk area. We were transporting the vegetables to the nearby city of Severodvinsk, which was called a “closed off military city” at the moment. And it happened so that no outside people would be let in to that city … We had a great lot of hardships there, but we still managed to achieve our goals and entered the city … Finally we sold our brought vegetables.
Thus, after earning and collecting the first capital and Lithuania announcing its independence and self-sufficiency, came time to think more seriously about a larger business of his own.