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André KIENER, the industrial

André Kiener

André KIENER (Colmar 1859 Colmar 1928), was the boss of the establishments A. Kieners & Co agents

At the end the XIX century, André Kiener proceeded to the reconversion of the cotton texture in woolen factory and developed the enterprise that became one of the vast complex textiles of the region considerably.

In 1928, his factory used to 3000 workers.

First deputy to the mayor of 1902 to 1908; he also sat in the Landtag from Alsace-Lorraine to Strasbourg.

Of 1905 until his death in 1928, André Kiener presided the Room of Trade and industry of Colmar.

A central artery of the north industrial zone dedicated him.

To his death, his two sons Jean-Jacques and André take the succession.

Between the two wars, the crisis touches textile and the factory loses its markets.

Firm Kiener and Compagny

After the war, Alexander BERGLAS, administrator, purchases the factory that takes the name of " Factory woolen Berglas-Kiener and Co ". The factory counts 1900 workers.

In 1975 the factory is purchased by the group English Courtaulds. The number of workers is only of 500.

In 1991 a fire ravaged the third of the buildings. The firm factory definitely his doors September 6, 1995.

Purchased by the city of Colmar, the buildings shelter today the pole academic colmarien.