As a river-port and the terminus of railways from Varna and from Sofia via Trnovo, it has much commercial importance; and it possesses tobacco and cigarette factories, soap-works, breweries, aerated water factories, dyeworks, tanneries, sawmills, brick and tile works and a celebrated pottery.
The chief manufactures are woollens and hosiery, besides dyeworks and sawmills.
The town has important manufactures of cloth, leather and machinery; it has also dyeworks, worsted mills and soap-boiling works.
The park was presented in 1862 by the widow of Joseph Locke, M.P. The manufacture of iron and steel, and the weaving of linen and other cloth, are the two principal industries; but there are also bleachfields, printfields, dyeworks, sawmills, cornmills and malt-houses; and the manufacture of glass, needles and wire is carried on.
The industrial establishments include a few ironfoundries, wool-spinning mills, carriage and machine factories, dyeworks, tanneries, brick-fields, soap-works, breweries, distilleries, numerous limekilns and tar-boiling works, tobacco and cigar factories, and numerous mills of various kinds.
Sulphide of carbon is produced here; and there are large dyeworks, and a factory for making bed-stuffing from seaweed.
It has also extensive dyeworks, bell foundries, and manufactures of steam engines, boilers and bicycles.
It has extensive dyeworks, bleaching grounds and manufactories for linen and woollen goods.
In 1731 the trade was of some note, and by 1813 had attained such proportions that the whole area of the castle site was sold for the erection of dyeworks, cloth manufactories and other industrial buildings.
It has a French Reformed church, a modern school, dyeworks, weaving mills, tanneries and tobacco manufactures.