plk. Ing. Jozef Ulianko
SOE Director from 1st April 1989 to 31st December 1992, from 1st January 1993 to 31st January 1998 the first SOE Director of Military Forests and Estates of the Slovak Republic Pliešovce
Col. Ing. Jozef Ulianko held the position of Director General from 1st April 1987 to 31st December 1992. On 1st January 1993, he became the very first Director General of Military Forests and Estates of the Slovak Republic, a state-owned enterprise, Pliešovce, which he actually brought to life. He held this position to 31st January 1998.
During his executive period, he put to use a corporate kindergarten for sixty pre-school children in 1987; in 1988 he put to use a youth camp for 100 children.
In the late 80s of the 20th cent., the company was one of the best in the Middle –Slovakia region. They produced 55m3 of paper pulp per year and 5.3k m3 of lumber; agricultural products worth more than 23 mil. Czechoslovak crowns (Kčs); 420 tons of carcase meat; 3.2 mil. litres of milk; 6.3 tons of sheep wool and 20.3 tons sheep cheese, and 520 tons of crops. In addition, the company carried out landscaping works worth more than 4.3 mil. Kčs per year. They employed 970 employees full-time and 90 employees as season-workers. They were a very significant employer in the region at that time. All those numbers manifested economic efficiency and prosperity of the company, and signified bright and exciting future.
In 1989, there were historical and social changes in Czechoslovakia, known as “Velvet Revolution”. Those changes had quite inevitably been reflected also by Military Forests and Estates of the Slovak Republic, SOE. MFE underwent a rapid development: on the 1st July 1989 the company changed into “Military Forest and Estates – corporation, a state-owned enterprise, Praha; in 1991 it had been changed to “Military Forest and Estates Praha” and after the splitting of Czechoslovakia into the two independent republics of Slovakia and Czech Republic in 1993, the company was transformed into “Military Forests and Estates of Czech Republic Praha, a state-owned enterprise”, and “Military Forests and Estates of the Slovak Republic“, a state-owned enterprise”. Both companies were categorized as successive national organizations founded by the Ministry of Defence of each independent republic.
Military Forests and Estates of the Slovak Republic, SOE, was founded after the splitting of Czechoslovakia in 1993. It was established by a Certificate of Incorporation on 30th December 1992. The Certificate was signed by MO col. Gerinec, a plenipotentiary of the Government of the Slovak Republic. Much credit for the foundation of the company goes to col. Ing. Jozef Ulianko, a contemporary Director General in Pliešovce. MFE of SR exists with only a few minor organization changes up to day, and that is mainly due to his excellent work and the work of his closest colleagues. The company was established in order to fulfil the needs of efficient and ecological forest and agricultural management in military training area (MTA) of the Army of the Slovak Republic. The company used to manage 72 800 ha of forest land and produced approximately 300 000 m3 of lumber. In the time of its foundation, the corporation consisted of three branch offices in Malacky, Kežmarok and Kamenica nad Cirochou. The Directorate directly managed three of its agricultural management companies, three forest management companies, a construction management company and a logistic company.