Hacılar

It is related that county people is the member of Kai Tribe of Oghuz Turkic people. Hacılar people settled in “Dört Kuyular” neighbourhood of Beğendik district within the county territories between 1400 and 1500 for the first time and then they settled in the place where they are now by leaving the Dört Kuyular neighbourhood which they have settled in 1720 for various reasons.

Hacilar-1Hacılar people who settled around Sesli Mountain, Dört Kuyular, and Köşe Beğendik established a village there.
According to Ottoman Cadastral Record Books, Hacılar village is one of the villages affiliated to Cebel-i Erciyes Commune. According to cadastral records, Extraordinary Tax was not collected from Hacılar village of which ownership was assigned to foundation and community was assigned to enfeoff within Century XVI in direction of decision of Sultan.
Hacılar village which continued to develop also in republic period became municipality in 1930 and district in 1931. It became county with the law numbered 3647 published in Official Gazette dated 18.05.1990 and legally started its activities on 09.09.1991. By having been included into the borders of Metropolitan Municipality of Kayseri by 01.01.2005, it has become one of five central county of Kayseri.
Central altitude of the county of which distance to the City Centrum is 11 km is 1350 metres. The county was established on the south of Kayseri and on the foothills of Mount Erciyes. There are Melikgazi county on the north and east of the county, Develi county on the south of county, and İncesu county on the west of the county. There are 15 large and small mountains including Mount Erciyes within the county borders.
County land generally consists of volcanic rocks and hills out of small plantations and gardens. Its climate is cold and rainy in winters and hot and arid in summers. Our county which is on the foothills of Mount Erciyes is worth-travelling with its natural beauties, plateaus, small lakes, recreation areas, vineyards, and orchards. Area of the county is 165 km2.
Total population of our county consisting of 12 districts is 12.484 according to the results of TÜİK 2015 Address-Based Population Registration System.
While our people were engaged in environmental-condition-related works such as viticulture, field agriculture, animal husbandry, and handworks, they started to look for new and different job opportunities due to lack of cultivated lands. This process has featured industry and commerce today.
Textile industry which started as the leading means of living in 1940s has first continued with cloth weaving named “Hacılar Cloth” and then transformed into handmade carpet weaving in 1950s. Silk carpet weaving continues today even if it is very little.
With the advancement in technology, industry and commerce started instead of weaving. Hacılar people proved them in silk and wool carpet weaving, furniture production, and commerce.
Manufacturing industry which has started with Hacılar Elektrik Sanayi A.Ş. (HES) cable factory which was established in 1974 within the country borders has developed and established the basis of the Hacılar industry including HES Kablo, HAS Çelik Kablo, HAS Çelik, Boyçelik, Boyteks Tekstil A.Ş. Turkuaz Seramik, İstikbal Mobilya, Bellona Mobilya, Mondi Mobilya, Kilim Mobilya, İpek Mobilya, Çinkom, Emek Çelik Kapı, Tuna Çelik Kapı, Atlas Halı ve Çetinkaya Mensucat A.Ş. (Vd). Industrialization efforts resulted in establishment of Hacılar Private Organized Industrial Zone in 1999 and thus Hacılar has gained a special place in Turkish industry. This region continues to manufacture as KOSB by being included into Kayseri Organized Industrial Zone.
Hacılar is within the most-developed counties of Turkey in terms of industrial investments. 8 of hundreds of Hacılar establishments are able to be within the first 500 firms of Turkey. These establishments provide both employment opportunities to the local community and contributions to the country’s economy.