Souchon Neuvesel

The creator of the Givors glassworks, Jean-Baptiste Neuvesel, was born in 1817 in Givors (Rhône). In 1869, his son Fleury joined the company to take care of the accounting. The company produces hollow glass, bottles of all colors and sizes with crucible furnaces.

In 1905, Fleury Neuvesel’s daughter Marie married Eugène Souchon, an engineer in the company. Eugène Souchon took charge of the glass factory and gave it a new lease of life as “Verreries Souchon Neuvesel”. Numerous agreements were made with mineral water companies: Vittel, Evian, Vals.
From 1911 to 1930, 600 people worked at the glassworks, including seasonal workers. This figure will drop during the Second World War to about 480 people. In 1939-1945, the factory is bombed several times by the allied air force, but continued exist upon the Word War II.
In 1970 VSN (hollow glass) and Boussois (flat glass) merged into the BSN company “Boussois Souchon Neuvesel”. In 1993 and 1994, BSN strengthened its flat glass activities in European level and begins a strategy of diversification in food. This resulted in 2001, in the merger of BSN and Gervais-Danone. The flat glass activity was abandoned in favour of food and the name of the glassworks “BSN” becomes “Groupe Danone”. The BSN-Glass company at the Givors site was closed in 2003.

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