== History ==
History of Vairogs factory has started already in the 19th century when in 1895 citizen of [[Austro-Hungary]] Oscar Freivirt gets permission from [[Tsar|Russian emperor]] to establish [[train carriage]] factory in Riga. It was known as [[joint stock company]] Fēnikss (Phoenix).
In the 1930ties. factory started to experience financial difficulties and Latvian government decides to intervene and in the autumn 1936 buys all 4000 shares of the near-bankrupt [[factory]]. In the december new state owned company Vairogs was founded. New company continues to work in the metal fabricating industry.
In the second half of the 1930ties Latvian economy experienced rapid development and there was constant demand after modern .
In 1937 Vairogs company saw their business opportunity and created automobile department appointing [[engineer]] Pauls Barons, grandson of the [[Latvian people|latvian]] [[folklorist]] [[Krišjānis Barons]], as director. Considering all costs and technologies it was decided to buy a license from known western automobile company.