Development of industry

In 1926 there were 100 houses; most of them were summer houses. Before World War I the number of ordinary inhabitants was 600-700 people and there were 1500 visitors of the town.

However, the industrial way of life spread to the resort area. In 1928 Estonia, using the capital of a Swedish consolidated company, built a factory for processing slate. During 1929-1939, finding Swedish capital was difficult. A new economy rise began in 1935. For the export of goods, in 1936 a port was built here. An electric power station was also built. Both the factory and the electric power station were destroyed during World War II. The equipment of factory was taken to Ural. Later, the port was destroyed too.

At that time, the protection of the environment was not so organized and the factory polluted an area in a radius of 300m around itself. Oil and grease from the port also polluted the environment. This reduced the number of resting here people (during 1920-1928 there were only 300-600 visitors). Today, the industrial and residential zones are divided among themselves, and in the use of technologies and manufacturing, all requirements on safety are observed.