The Copperworks of Cerdon
REOPENING IN 2022
Nestled in a village bathed in rivers suitable for industry, the copper factory of Cerdon was born in the era of machinery. Testifying to a rare know-how throughout the world, La Cuivrerie de Cerdon has transformed multiple metals for more than 150 years. Everyday utensils or prestigious objects, the latter has supplied both large French kitchens and luxury hotels such as the Negresco , or the famous liner Le Normandie .
A family affair
The history of the Cuivrerie de Cerdon is first of all that of the Main family, who decided in 1836 to found a first metalworking workshop, before settling in 1867 in the heart of the village of Cerdon. First a specialist in scale trays, its know-how rapidly developed to meet the needs of other industries of excellence at the time, and this is how the Cuivrerie de Cerdon will equip, for example, silk mills, and in particular those of the emblematic factory of Claude-Joseph Bonnet, a few kilometers further on, in Jujurieux.
A factory that shines around the world
Over the years, the reputation and talent of the Cuivrerie de Cerdon is such that it becomes the official supplier of the French Art de Vivre, and shines throughout the world. From Tomioka, where it supplies 300 basins for the first state silk mill in Japan (now listed as a World Heritage Site), it also supplies the entire oriental world and the Maghreb market with trays, burns. perfumes, teapots, lamps, Arab stirrups for equestrian parades ...
Over nearly a hundred years, the copper industry will not cease to mechanize the work of the copper workers. On the other hand, the beautiful epic suffered from the loss of the men of the family during the First World War.
Renaissance of copperware
At the initiative of two passionate Cerdonnais, it rose from its ashes in the 1970s and will be open to the public, while continuing production until 2011.
In 2018, the Department of Ain decided to save the witness of a unique industrial adventure and to rehabilitate the entire building, now protected as Historical Monuments. The objective: to make it an immersive cultural site, in which visitors will be immersed in the secrets of the workshops, revealed by incredible digital technologies, but also demonstrations of know-how and spectacular or fun devices.