Rising from the ashes

21 December 2017 ... min read

21 December 2017

When their furniture plant burnt down in 2015, the Nierzwicki brothers didn’t have to think twice about what to do. They rebuilt the factory, with the help of the family.

Rise like a Feniks: When their furniture plant in Gdansk, Poland, burnt down, Waldemar and Mariusz took the long road and rebuilt it from scratch. [3:41]

Feniks, a furniture factory near Gdansk, Poland, was founded in 2002 by the father of the Nierzwicki family. Starting with 30 employees, it developed into a flourishing business with over 300 employees, exporting to many European countries.

On the night of 6 July 2015, disaster struck. The factory was razed. Buildings, machines, samples and documents were reduced to ashes. Amid the tragedy, Mariusz, the second son, was left on his own after two business associates walked away.

What should he do? Hard decisions were required. Accept the loss, and choose a different life path? Or take the tough road of rebuilding Feniks and by doing so continue to support 300 employees and their families?

After a talk with his cousin, a priest, Mariusz knew exactly what to do.

But he needed help, and money.

‘Rising from the ashes’ is part of a series of short films celebrating the courageous steps clients take in their life and/or business.

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