Solapur is one of the four districts that form the region of Western Maharashtra (the other three districts are Satara, Kolhapur and Sangli).Solapur is one of the cities in Maharashtra, situated near the borders with Karnataka It is the fourth largest district in Maharashtra in terms of land area and seventh largest in terms of population. It is an important junction on the Central railway line. Solapur is a city with an array of small and medium scale industries.
The Major contribution to the economy in Solapur is agricultural produce, fruits like grapes, pomegranate etc. The district also consists of medium and small scale industries. Solapur is also the leading centre for handlooms, power looms and cotton mills producing chaddars, (Solapur bed sheets), bath-towels having great durability and novel designs.
The industrial empire of the Kirloskars expanded to Solapur way back in 1900. They set up their factory near Tikekarwadi, thus announcing the industrialisation of Maharashtra to the world. The Foundry with an annual capacity of 40000 MT is a major supplier to Mahindras, Toyota, Piaggio, Escorts, TAFE etc. The company is spread over 74 acres and is home to many species of birds, animals and insects. There are 2 lakes within the premise and is home to the migratory birds all round the year. The company employs more than 500 employees and is a major revenue earner in the city. It contributes its might to the development of the city. The company is a part of Kirloskar Ferrous Industries Limited, with its head office at Koppal in Karnataka. The regd office of the company is at Pune.