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1956
Apr 14

1956

On 14th April 1956, whilst many people of Mondragón were discreetly and rather warily celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Second Republic, Father José María Arizmendiarrieta was blessing the foundation stone of Ulgor, a company with a name which drew together the identity of the founders: Luis Usatorre, Jesús Larrañaga,.. Leer más

1957
Feb 28

1957

The Escuela Profesional, today Mondragon Eskola Politeknikoa, came of age with the upgrading of Vocational Training which passed from the Ministry of Labour to that of Education and Science, thereby regulating that training with official recognition. In the early years of the Profe, the money to maintain it came from.. Leer más

1958
Feb 28

1958

At the end of the year, by order of the Ministry of Labour, members of cooperatives were excluded from the General Social Security System. This decision of the Ministry was decisive in setting in motion the actions aimed at creating what is today Lagun Aro, a Voluntary Mutual Benefit Organisation... Leer más

1959
Mar 01

1959

This was the year in which something fundamental for the future of the incipient MONDRAGON co-operative movement took place: Father José María Arizmendiarrieta invented Caja Laboral Popular. What makes Caja Laboral different from the grassroots co-operatives is the mixed composition of its social bodies, based on both worker-members and representatives.. Leer más

1960
Mar 01

1960

The Escuela Profesional, which started its activities in academic year 1943-1944 with twenty-one students, now had more than 300, a figure that began to be significant in the field of ocational training. It was, like many of our other institutions, a creation, above all of Father José María and his.. Leer más

1961
Mar 01

1961

Sin abandonar su primera actividad, la construcción de troqueles para corte y embutición, Arrasate, apoyándose en la capacidad técnica de sus socios trabajadores, emprende la Fabricación de líneas transfer para cuerpos metálicos (frigoríficos, lavadoras, etc), continuando con máquinas de tubo, perfiladoras, prensas excéntricas y cizallas. La cooperativa Arrasatecomercializa sus productos.. Leer más

1962
Mar 01

1962

The opening of the branch office in Aretxabaleta was the first step in Caja Laboral’s expansion. It left Arrasate/ Mondragón to spread like wildfire to neighbouring towns. Caja Laboral’s Business Division was also created and the industrial co-operatives Copreci, Ederlan and Lana were set up. Ulgor continued to expand and.. Leer más

1963
Mar 28

1963

In 1963 the following theory was put forward regarding Democracy: “Democracy is one of the rules of the game for the co-operative movement. Democracy has to be conceived as the method and procedure for combining the interests of the individual with those of the group… You have to socialise knowledge.. Leer más

1964
Mar 01

1964

A mutual support movement was established between the co-operatives in which it was possible to begin to see some of the Experience’s future structures timidly taking shape. This was an embryonic movement of what would later be called the Mondragón Co-operative Group, then Mondragóon Co-operative Corporation and now just MONDRAGON... Leer más

1965
Mar 01

1965

As a result of the plan to split Ulgor, the Electronics Division was turned into a new co-operative called Fagor Electrónica, S.C.I. It became the fifth co-operative enterprise to join the Ularco Co-operative Group, which was a promising reality on the threshold of 1966. There was an accident at Copreci,.. Leer más