Ing. Ján Moder,
and a Businessman that
Stays True to His Word
Mr Moder hails from Slovakia, however, his heart beats for Třinec.
He is the First Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board for the
Třinec Ironworks and president of an extra league hockey club.
He is a shining example of how cooperation with a city’s leadership
can be very successful and how even industrial cities can be turned
into places where people like to live and love to return to.
Mr Moder, Třinec is a densely populated
industrial city and your name has
become inseparably connected to it,
however, you were born in Nitra, is that
I was actually born in Bratislava; Nitra is
my father’s hometown and I often traveled
there to visit him. I moved to Nitra when
I was thirteen and spent my high school
years there. I must say that I consider it my
hometown, more so than Bratislava.
For a long time now, you have been
living in Třinec. Do you feel like
Yes, I definitely do. I call myself the ‘ślónski
słowiok’. I love the local countryside.
Everyone who visits Třinec by train already
gets their first taste of the steel and
ironworks at the train station, however,
Třinec itself is also a city covered in
greenery and surrounded by mountains.
Every morning, as I leave my home, I can
look around and gaze upon Javorový,
Ostrý and Kozubová on one side and
Čantoryje and Prašivá on the other. The
views are truly beautiful and seeing them
first thing in the morning really helps
improve one’s mood for the day. I have
also come to really like the locals and
I have many friends here.
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What moments from the early days of
your business career do you look back
on fondly? Could you perhaps point out
some of the most important milestones?
There are multiple milestones. Right at
the beginning of the 90s, we managed to
import coking coal from Poland to what
was then Nová Huť, VSŽ Košice and
Another positive event was the
privatisation of Moravia Steel in 1996,
where we were invited to establish and
organize mainly trade relations. From
Moravia Steel we built a business service
company for the Třinec Ironworks, which
now holds a good name not just in
Europe but globally. With a clean slate, we
brought the ironworks into the EU where
we now belong among highly respected
Another important event happened in
2002, when we were recommended by
the European committee to take over the
leadership of Nová Huť. Unfortunately,
the government decided otherwise. We
also failed in the same way in the case of
Vítkovice Steel. This inspired us with more
fighting spirit, and we decided to show
everyone that we were the best.
Today, we produce Czechia’s highest
quality steel, and we are also the country’s