Lyudmila Arkadyevna worked at the factory for 32 years, 15 years as a weaver, 5 years – as an instructor. Once she was called by the head of production and he offered her to become a shift master. She liked this work, doing it for another 20 years.
After a long experience as a weaver, she was assigned as an instructor of industrial training. She began to deal with children - fifteen-year-old girls and boys, at the same age she began her professional life as a weaver. It was important to transfer experience, to share not only technical knowledge, but also knowledge of life, human wisdom.
« I always knew that I would work at the factory, because whole my family, the entire Smirnov dynasty, worked at the factory at that time. I finished 9 classes, entered and immediately went to the South weaving and spinning factory fifteen-year-old girl as an apprentice of a weaver. My mentor was Zinaida Fyodorovna, she was very strong, strict woman, I liked her very much. She gave me a lot in my life, taught how to work, taught how to behave correctly in the manufacture. I remember my first day at work. We were a group of kids. They gave us firstly one machine. We studied, worked, got threads, workers told us about everything, and then began to add machines. After each week we got extra two machines, up to twenty machines".
"At the time when we were working — says Lyudmila Arkadyevna — we have nothing to buy in the store, we have money, but there was nothing to buy, the shops were empty. When I was working as an instructor, I always organized trips to Moscow, we went there to pick up sausages, sweets for children, you know these difficult times. And only women always said: when we will go to Moscow? The food is out".
The team of the factory had its own traditions: in winter at the weekend each shift went to the camp site for skiing, in summer rested on the lakes. Celebrated birthdays, gathered medical herbs in the neighboring areas. Everybode was on nature. Factory awarded employees for a good work. "When I worked as a weaver, I was repeatedly the winner of the social competition, was awarded a leader of socialist labor, a veteran of labor – the last I had the award", — says Lyudmila Arkadyevna.
Today woman keeps at home memorable things from the factory. She has white cloth and a small reel for winding thread. She's saving memories. Her whole life. Factory employees have always been proud of their Alma mater. "The factory employed up to 7,000 people, and all at 5 o'clock in the morning went there as on holiday. We all hurried, everyone loved this job. We had a very good team. The chiefs are all conscientious and benevolent »
Weaver, instructor, master, she worked at the factory from 1968 to 2000