Celebrate the origins
Between the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century, the industrialization process of Brazil began to take shape and, with it, company towns were created next to the factories, formed by workers of different cultures. Their social interaction originated music bands and a tradition of parties and celebrations whose records are filed in the collection of Memória Votorantim.
In 1892, the Votorantim Textile Factory, located in the city of Sorocaba, state of São Paulo, still owned by Banco União de São Paulo, had more than 1,200 employees: bricklayers, painters, carmen, lumbermen, brick makers, weavers, spinners, bleachers, dyers, technicians. Almost half of the skilled labor consisted of Italians. One third of them were Spaniards. Engineers and chiefs were British. A melting pot of cultures, languages and different stories. The parties to celebrate those cultures happened naturally.
In 1918, the Votorantim Textile Factory started to be commanded by Portuguese Antonio Pereira Ignacio, who was keen on work, entrepreneurship and also celebration. Former employees remember that time:
"At the time of Mr. Pereira, Votorantim used to have many parties. There were shows and balls in the movie building. The factory used to whistle at midnight on the new year's Eves. It was the moment for hugs, draft beer, sandwiches and candies."
In 1924, Antonio Pereira Ignacio celebrated the sports with the opening of the stadium of Sport Club Savoia, the football team of the employees of the Textile Factory. The opening was attended by two major football clubs of the time: Sport Club Germânia and Club Athletico Paulistano.
There have been some outstanding celebrations of Votorantim in our history as, for example, the Christmas party in 1943, which was registered by newspaper Cruzeiro do Sul mentioning the pleasure of Antonio Pereira Ignacio to share moments of joy with the workers of the Textile Factory:
"Pampering, candies, clothes, etc. (…) as well as hours of happiness and moments of contagious joy were distributed to the thousands of workers gathered with their families."
[caption id="attachment_4264" align="aligncenter" width="1090"] “S.A. Indústrias Votorantim held a majestic Christmas party”- story of newspaper Cruzeiro do Sul about the Votorantim Christmas party in 1943, Jan. 1, 1944[/caption]
From the 1930´s, the businesses of Votorantim grow and get diversified. Chemistry, cement, steelmaking. And with them, the creation of more company towns.
One of the highlights of that time was the opening of Companhia Nitro Química Brasileira in 1935. Installed in the neighborhood of São Miguel Paulista in the city of São Paulo, the company soon gathered several workers around it. In 1939, the employees created Clube de Regatas Nitro Química, which remained open until the beginning of the 1990´s. The Club was responsible for organizing several events, including Spring balls, new year's Eves, Carnival and sports championships. Artistic groups were also created there, as band “Jazz Nitro”. There is also the record of jazz bands at the Votorantim Textile Factory in the city of Sorocaba, state of São Paulo and at Siderúrgica Barra Mansa in the city of Resende, state of Rio de Janeiro.
Since 1918, there have been celebrations at Votorantim in several moments: in recreational associations, sports, end-of-year parties, festas juninas [Popular Brazilian feasts in the month of June to celebrate Saints], graduations of the children of employees, the birth of a child, the birthday of a worker. Along hard work, effort and dedication, every stage concluded has been a reason for celebration.
[caption id="attachment_4184" align="aligncenter" width="817"] Carnival ball of Nitro Química, n.d.[/caption]
And, in 2018, Votorantim celebrates its Centenary.
It is time to celebrate the Portuguese immigrant who arrived in Brazil in 1884 and the thousands of people who have passed through here, each of them with a trajectory that has contributed to the construction of these 100 years.
It is time to celebrate the history that has brought us here and, especially, all the stories that we want to live from now on.
Celebrating every bag of cement produced, every kilowatt generated, every orange harvested, every eucalyptus tree planted, every piece of aluminum fused is commemorating the transformation of history, being ready for the beginning of the next 100 years.
And where there are people, there are parties!