Tomaszów Mazowiecki pronounced [tɔˈmaʂuf mazɔˈvjɛt͡skʲi] is a town in central Poland with 62,649 inhabitants (2018). It is situated in the Łódź Voivodeship (since 1999); previously, it was part of Piotrków Trybunalski Voivodeship (1975–1998). Tomaszów occupies an area of 41.3 square kilometres (15.9 sq mi) as of 2002.
Plac Kościuszki, Main Square in Tomaszów
|County||Tomaszów Mazowiecki County|
|Gmina||Tomaszów Mazowiecki (urban gmina)|
|• Mayor||Marcin Witko|
|• Total||41.3 km2 (15.9 sq mi)|
(31 December 2018)
|• Total||62,649 |
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+2 (CEST)|
|Area code(s)||+48 44|
Tomaszów Mazowiecki was formed in 1788 in the Crown of the Kingdom of Poland by industrialist Tomasz Ostrowski based on local supply of the iron ore. The settlement fell into the Prussian Partition in 1793 during the Partitions of Poland, and since 1815 in the Russian Partition. The metal industry was expanded around 1820. Tomaszów received city rights in 1830 during the November Uprising against the Russian Empire in Congress Poland. A year later the first Jewish Qahal was founded. By 1931 the Jewish population of the city grew to 11,310 inhabitants, or about 30% of the general population of Tomaszów.
World War IIEdit
During the Nazi-Soviet invasion of Poland in 1939, the city was overrun by Nazi Germany. Next month the Great Synagogue was burned to the ground as first on 16 October 1939; the remaining two synagogues were destroyed on 7–14 November. The Ghetto for the imprisonment of 16,500 Polish Jews was created in December 1940, and closed off from the outside in December 1941. Hunger was rampant, followed by the typhus epidemic. In December 1942 some 15,000 Jews were deported aboard Holocaust trains to Treblinka extermination camp. Some 200 Jews from Tomaszów are known to have survived World War II.
According to 2006 data, Tomaszów has an area of 41.3 square kilometres (15.9 sq mi); about 45 percent of the land is put to agricultural use, 13% is forested, and the city itself covers about 4.03% of the area.
In the valley of the Pilica river in the south-eastern part of the town there is a unique natural karst spring of water containing calcium salts, that is an object of protection in Niebieskie Źródła Nature Reserve in Sulejów Landscape Park. The origin of the name of the reserve Niebieskie Źródła, that means Blue Springs, comes from the fact that red waves are absorbed by water and only blue and green are reflected from the bottom of the spring, giving that atypical colour. The reserve in situated near the end of Saint Anthony Street (in Polish: ulica świętego Antoniego) that begins in the centre of Tomaszów Mazowiecki, in proximity to the central Kościuszko Square.
Tomaszów Mazowiecki incorporates the Łódź Special Economic Zone which is one of the 14 special economic zones in Poland. The city is home to a variety of industries: ceramics, construction, chemicals, plastics producers, electrical machinery manufacturers, upholstery, food, logistics and service.
The major minerals companies in the area are Ceramika Paradyż a manufacturer of ceramic tiles and Sacmi which specialises in ceramic tile production machines. The Wagran factory (built on the area of the former Artificial Silk Company of Tomaszów), is a producer of granite sinks
Within the construction sector Balex Metal produces high quality steel construction components. Ezbud-Budownictwo focuses on the construction of residential and service premises, sales and management of constructed properties and also produces ready-mixed concrete and other building materials. The company has been engaged in the construction of several housing estates in Tomaszów and Łódź from 1989 onwards and since 2019 has been the main sponsor of Tomaszów’s largest football club - "Lechia 1923".
Major chemical companies in Tomaszów include Sicher Bautechnik which is a producer of construction chemicals, EcoHydroCarbon which specializes in polymer waste processing and Toma a plastics processing company  that also operates a private clinic at its plant for employees to use.
The region has several specialist equipment manufacturers that include Markom a producer of welding and transport equipment and Glass Product which manufactures automatic fertilization and raw material transport systems.
Carpets and Upholstery IndustryEdit
The Japanese car manufacturer Toyota has a base in Tomaszow specializing in the production of upholstery for its range of premium vehicles. Weltom a producer or carpets and rugs also has a base in the city. The company was founded by Eleonora and Jan Roland. Their son Edward Roland began the business in 1848 from a small workshop consisting of a spinning mill and a weaving mill operated by three people. The workshop was located on Kaliska Street (today Piłsudskiego). In 1905, the company had expanded to employ a hundred and thirty weavers. The company quickly made a name for itself and became known throughout the Russian Empire. After World War II, the company was nationalized and renamed the "Weltom". In the 1990s, the plant underwent a transformation into a joint-stock company. Today, in addition to carpets the company produces upholstery and coconut wipers. The entire western district of the city (Rolandówka) has been named after the company’s founders .
Within Tomaszów’s food and beverage sector PepsiCo produces the famous Cheetos crisps, Chipita produces croissants and Roldrob (Drosed) produces poultry products for customers such as KFC. Additionally, Las Vegas is a producer of energy drinks where the group also own the "Bulwary" shopping center in the city.
Logistics and Services SectorEdit
There are seven high schools in Tomaszów Mazowiecki as well as branches of notable universities including:
Points of interestEdit
During the occupation of Poland in World War II, several strategic bunkers were built by Nazi Germany near Tomaszów Mazowiecki. The construction of the two large air-raid shelters was started in early 1940. The so-called Konewka Bunkers (now a tourist attraction) were a complex of various concrete structures hidden in the woods, including an enormous 380 metres (1,250 ft) long bunker capable of protecting an entire trainset from the possible air raid. The shelters in Konewka and in Jelen, built of reinforced concrete, served as unloading stations for military cargo. Similar train bunker for Adolf Hitler – known as Anlage Süd – was built in Stępina, 260 km distance southeast of Tomaszów.
The Sulejow Lake is a large reservoir built from 1969–1973 in order to help meet the demand for fresh drinking water in the city of Łódź and the city of Tomaszów Mazowiecki. The reservoir is situated on the territory of three gminas: Tomaszów, Piotrków and Wolbórz. It is popular place for water sports, including windsurfing, canoeing and sailing.
Since 1929 in the city exist bus public transport. Now, this is 773 routes during weekdays and 375 at the weekend. Since 2018, public transport in the city is free of charge.
Several national and regional routes cross each other in the city:
Twin towns — Sister citiesEdit
Tomaszów Mazowiecki is twinned with:
List of olympic winners from Tomaszów Mazowiecki
The oldest secondary school (AD 1903) Listed in the rank of the top 500 schools in Poland
The largest shopping center- "Galeria Tomaszów", former textile factory
Oncology unit, part of health center in Tomaszów
Complex of special schools
One of stadiums of city football club "Lechia 1923"
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