Economic development

Industrial development in Zasavje started with baron Franc Rakovec Raigersfeldt, who received a permit to mine for coal in this region.  Small dispersed villages and hamlets began rapidly growing and merely a hundred years later Zasavje became Slovenian industrial centre.

Coal mining as the main activity dictated the industrial image of the area. The early 19th century saw the creation of the first glass factories, a lime, lead and zinc smelter. The construction of railways in the middle of the century has brought new drive: a new glass factory, chemical industry, cement, brick, antimony processing plants, thermal power plants, sawmills and craft workshops.

The largest wave of industrial growth took place after the Second World War, with founding of heavy machine and machinery factory and electrical engineering industry, construction and building materials industry also developed rapidly. New furniture and textile factories, the industrial as well as project and engineering firms, trade and service companies were started.

The transition into the 21st century was marked by the crisis and abandonment of mining and the traditional labour-intensive industries. The emptiness is now partly filled by commercial, service and repair companies, electronics, measurement and informatics firms.