Sunday, August 21, 2011


In 1939 the Innocenti factory, declared by Starace during his visit on October 27, 1939 "A model of fascist activities" were in fact producing bullets. 90% of the workforce was engaged in war production . In 1939 Innocenti workers making bullets were only 5.5% of the total production of ammunition Italians, but the mechanical production of the plant is 17% of the total in Italy.

In four years, Innocenti tripled its production plants and ten times, with 36,000 bullets produced per day in 1943. People working in the factory in Milan was close to 800 in 1938 and rose to 2,000 in 1940 and 3000 in 1941, 6000 and in 1942 over 7000 in the spring of 1943, labor mostly unskilled , 50% women.

Earnings totaled 2,119 billion lire in 1939, 4.231 million lire in 1940, 10,118,500 lire in 1941, 12,298,000 in 1942 10,783,000 September 8, 1943. The ordinary reserve amounted to 2,200,000 lire, the extraordinary thing about 8.468 million. On March 11, 1940, the board increased the capital of 20-50 million lire, April 8, 1941 from 50 to 100 million liras. 80,000 shares were issued at a value of 1,000 lire each. The three became shareholders of twelve (80% Ferdinando Innocenti, 15% Rosolino Innocenti, Paolo Missiroli 5%). By way of thanks at the meeting of March 11, 1940, Edmondo Balbo (Italo Balbo's brother), Paolo Missiroli Innocent and two were elected to the board.

In 1942, Ferdinando Innocenti felt as a need to split the company, was one of two parts called Lambro and was responsible for carrying out business, the other, ATA (Applicazioni Tubolari Acciaio), was to address with the products. But the events of war in 1943 suggested that it should wait and during the meeting of 29 April 1943 Ferdinando was appointed president, sole director and CEO of the company.

After September 8, the company had to go through the trials of German military occupation, although the opposition of the interior has been very strong. Production of war supplies will not stop.

From Rome, Ferdinando was the business-related events and represent the constructive and balanced political relations between the German, RSI, CLN and democratic forces. Also provided financial support to the partisans. General Poletti was enthusiastic about his brilliant collaboration and is one reason why later, was not subject to the purge of the allied forces. In Rome, was certainly able to see a new industrial boom after the end of the war, in which he tried to keep the plants expenctancy as strong as possible for recovery. It was no coincidence that the bombing

of the allies, accurate information, hit only isolated important divisions, while most of the plants were left intact. As the slowdown in production was an advantage because the stock of raw material is widely used later to cover the costs of reconstruction.

At the end of the war of Ferdinando Innocenti went back to Milan, and after having called a meeting of a state worker, managed to get their cooperation. The conversion plan is determined.


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